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IOC bans Indian Olympic Association over elections


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PARIS: India has been suspended from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) because of its stance of electing tainted officials, a source in the body confirmed to AFP Tuesday.

Asked whether members of the IOC's executive committee had confirmed the south Asian giant's suspension for flouting the Olympic charter, the source said by text message: “It's official.”

No further details were immediately available and the IOC was expected to make an official announcement later in the day at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The suspension comes amid an ongoing row between the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the IOC over the election procedure for top posts in the national organisation due to be held on Wednesday.

A New Delhi court has directed the IOA to hold the vote according to the government's sports code but the IOC wanted it to abide by the Olympic charter that favours autonomy.

Lalit Bhanot, who is out on bail after spending 11 months in custody last year on corruption charges linked to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, was expected to be elected unopposed to the post of secretary-general.

The new IOA president was expected to be Abhey Singh Chautala.

Chautala told AFP in New Delhi on Wednesday: “I have not heard anything officially but am told that India has been suspended by the IOC. If that is true, it is wrong and a one-sided decision.

“We will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) to decide our future course of action.”Chautala, a politician in northern Haryana state, is known to be close to former IOA chief Suresh Kalmadi, who is also on bail over corruption charges.

The IOC Ethics Commission in October warned India against fielding either Bhanot or Kalmadi for the post.

Suspension from IOC membership would mean India would not receive IOC funding and its officials would be banned from attending Olympic meetings and events.

India's athletes would also be barred from competing in the Olympics under the national flag, although the IOC could allow some to take part under the Olympic flag.

Comments (4) Closed

Shubs Dec 04, 2012 02:42pm
As Abhinav Bindra pointed out, this could be the best thing that happened to the IOC. Hopefully now the government will wake up to reality, kick out the corrupt louts who have destroyed Indian sports over the last five decades or more, and give the nation what it really wants and needs - world class sports management and infrastructure.
Vikas Medhekar Dec 05, 2012 03:14am
Sad and unfortunate.. Corrupt politicians degrading our image..
Asif Kahsmiri Dec 04, 2012 03:21pm
shame for Hindustan but it will do them good in the long run.
ammariftikhar Dec 04, 2012 05:40pm
Oh my God! Indian Olympic Association got banned and here's the details:The source said Kuwait, that was also under investigation over a sports law, had escaped a ban.