India Back in Olympics After IOC Lifts Ban

Sochi, Russia, February 11 (QNA) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) reinstated India into the Olympics family after lifting the ban within days of fresh elections in the Indian Olympics Association (IOA).

“The IOC Executive Board (EB) reinstated the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of India, the Indian Olympic Association, during an ad-hoc meeting in Sochi on Tuesday,” the IOC said in a statement.

IOA was ousted from the Olympic movement due to tainted officials and government interference more than a year ago.

“The EB took this decision following a report about the IOA’s General Assembly and elections for a new Board, which were successfully held on February 9, 2014 and observed by an IOC delegation headed by IOC member Robin Mitchell,” it added.

The IOC lifted the 14-month old ban after the IOA barred charge-framed officials from its fresh election in which World Squash Federation chief and younger brother of BCCI boss N Srinivasan, N Ramachandran, was elected as the president.

The decision comes after the IOC’s three observers for the elections left Indian shores “satisfied with the IOA elections promising to submit a “favourable report to the IOC president”.

“The IOC observers told the EB members that the elections were held in full respect of the recently passed NOC constitution, which complies with all IOC requirements, including the clause that no person convicted or charge-framed can run for a position within the organisation,” the IOC stated. (QNA)


QNA 1435 GMT 2014/02/11


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