New Delhi - The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday reinstated India,
allowing its athletes to compete under their own flag in Sochi,
officials from both sides said.
"The ban has been lifted. There
was an (IOC) executive committee meeting early this morning," Rajeev
Mehta, the Indian Olympic Association secretary general said.
IOC spokesperson confirmed the ban had been lifted, adding that India
could now compete under its own flag at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
decision means Indian athletes can compete for their national Olympic
committee. They can walk behind their national flag at the closing
ceremony," IOC spokesperson Mark Adams said.
"The Indian flag will be raised in the village, at a time to be announced," Adams added.
India's three athletes have been competing at the Games under the IOC flag as a result of the country's suspension.
IOC froze India's membership in December 2012 after the national
association in New Delhi elected a number of tainted officials to key
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in December bowed to
pressure and agreed to keep tainted officials out of the fresh
But it rejected a request from India's sports ministry to hold the new elections before the start of the Sochi Games.