IOC retains Indian suspension
Lausanne - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said
on Tuesday that a suspension of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was being
The IOC suspended India in December last year for flouting the Olympic
charter in its election process.
Bach said that if the question of autonomy no longer posed a problem, the
proposals made by the IOC on governance have not yet all been accepted by the
"We maintained the suspension," said Bach after a meeting of the IOC
"The roadmap we have established before with the Indian Olympic
Committee implies also the elections four weeks after the approval of these
"So we are looking forward to the implementation of these new rules by
transparent, open and democratic election in the IOA.
"We have already taken precaution for the athletes to make sure the
athletes will not suffer from these procedures."
If this election does not take place before the Sochi Olympics in February
or does not satisfy the IOC, Indian athletes can still participate in the
Games, Bach said.
"Indian athletes can participate in the Winter Games if they qualify of
course but if there is no election before Sochi which meets the approval of the
IOC, there will be no Indian flag in the Sochi Games, there will be no mention
of India but we will ensure the participation of Indian athletes as independent
athletes under the Olympic flag.
"They will be provided with the necessary support and staff, but there
will be no chief of mission."
To avoid being banned completely from the Olympics, the IOA agreed on Sunday to
amend its constitution and prevent members now accused of corruption holding
New elections are scheduled for February 9, two days after the opening
ceremony of the Sochi Games.