New Delhi - 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 on Tuesday.
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 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the body
Suspension from IOC membership means India will 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.
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.
Delhi court directed the faction-ridden 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.
IOA president was expected to be Abhey Singh Chautala, who has close
links to former incumbent Suresh Kalmadi, who is also on bail over
corruption charges linked to the Commonwealth Games.
Ethics Commission in October warned India against fielding either Bhanot
or Kalmadi and has expressed concern over political interference.
a politician in northern Haryana state, 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
"We will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) to decide our future course of action."
blamed his one-time rival for the post, Randhir Singh, for the
suspension. Singh pulled out of the race to become IOA president last
"When he realised he did not have the majority to win the
elections, Randhir used his contacts in the IOC to get at us," he said.
"He is the one who has shamed Indian sport and should resign from the
Chautala added that the IOA had no choice but to follow the government's sports code.
had explained to the IOC that we were ordered by the Delhi High Court
to follow the sports code," he said. "We could not go against a court
order. But we did not get a reply from the IOC."
India's lone individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra said the IOA deserved to be suspended.
"Bye Bye IOA, hope to see u again soon, hopefully cleaner!," Bindra tweeted.
athlete Ashwini Nachappa said she was not surprised at the IOC's move.
"We all saw it coming," she said. "I hope it helps to clean up Indian
sports administration. But will it?"
Woman boxer Mary Kom, a
five-time world champion who won a bronze at the London Olympics, said
she was "absolutely shocked" at India's suspension.
"I don't know
who is responsible for this but I know the athletes who will suffer if
the situation is not resolved quickly," she added.
India's next appearance at a major international event would have been the Asian Games in South Korea in 2014.