Faced with a barrage of criticism, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Wednesday declined the position of the Indian Olympic Association’s life president even as the sports ministry issued a showcause notice to the IOA for its controversial decision.IOA has been asked to reply to the showcause notice by 5 PM on December 30. (Will not step down as IOA life president before I clarify: Abhay Chautala)Kalmadi alongwith another tainted former president Abhay Singh Chautala were elevated to life presidents by the IOA at its Annual General Meeting in Chennai on Tuesday.The move triggered a storm with the ministry issuing a showcause notice to the IOA and also threatening to severe ties with the body if it failed to sack the duo, of which Kalmadi decided to step back. (All ties with IOA remain cut till it reverses decision: Vijay Goel)”This move is against the constitution of IOA and is not acceptable to the Sports Ministry. I am disappointed by the decision because both are facing cases of corruption. We want transparency in sports. Till the time, these two don’t resign or are sacked, we will not deal with the IOA,” sports minister Vijay Goel told reporters. (IOA row: Abhay Singh Chautala hits back at Sports Minister Vijay Goel)Earlier, while the IOA top brass went incommunicado for some time before associate vice-president Narinder Batra, who is now the president of International Hockey Federation, criticised the move and called for the duo to step aside.