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Knaur 12-04-2012 11:39 PM

International Olympic Committee suspends India

International Olympic Committee suspends India

This means that Indian athletes cannot participate in the Olympics under the national flag.

Yahoo! India News – 11 hours ago

LAUSANNE: In a major embarrassment to India, the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday suspended the Indian Olympic Association.

This means that Indian athletes cannot participate in the Olympic Games under the national flag unless the suspension is revoked by the IOC. The alternative is for Indian athletes to participate in the Olympics under the IOC banner, if allowed.

Suspension also will lead to the Indian Olympic Association getting any IOC funding (it gets about Rs 8 crore in 4 years).

The decision to suspend India was taken by the IOC executive board at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The IOC said that the IOA had been suspended due to the Indian government's interference in the electoral process.

Elections to the IOA were held as a part of the sports code framed by the Indian government which the international sports body had said was wrong.

The sanctions were imposed on IOA after the Indian Olympic Association did not comply with the IOC rules on the holding of elections.

The IOC had time and again told IOA to stick to the IOC's constitution and the Olympic Charter and not to the Indian government's sports code.

Earlier, the IOC had refused to meet the IOA's two-member delegation before the executive board meeting began. The IOA wanted this meeting to explain its position and to clear the air over the election controversy.

The newly-elected IOA president Abhay Singh Chautala had asked acting president VK Malhotra to set up a two-member panel, consisting of NK Batra and RK Anand, to plead India's case with the IOC
Lefty liberal pseudo-secular scumbag GoI

janetnjohn 12-05-2012 01:09 PM

There is outrage in India after its top sports body was suspended by the International Olympic Committee ahead of elections in which officials accused of corruption were to be appointed.

The Indian press called it an "Olympian shame" after the IOC declared void the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) election, due to be held on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, IOC said the election "had been tarnished since the start".

The ban prevents athletes competing for India at future Olympics.

India had won six medals at London 2012

Two officials expected to be elected to senior IOA positions are closely linked to corruption allegations relating to Delhi's hosting of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

After the IOC announced the ban late on Tuesday, Indian press and athletes criticised the IOA.

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India's London 2012 medallists


Shooting: Vijay Kumar (men's 25m rapid fire pistol)

Wrestling: Sushil Kumar (men's 66kg freestyle)


Badminton: Saina Nehwal (women's singles)

Boxing: MC Mary Kom (women's flyweight 51kg)

Shooting: Gagan Narang (men's 10m air rifle)

Wrestling: Yogeshwar Dutt (men's 60kg freestyle)

Viewpoint: Should IOC ban India?
"Had it not been such a resounding slap for Indian sport, it would have been tempting to step back and hail IOC's decision to ban IOA: after all, which country would like to have a politician with a court case against him and an official who had been in jail for a year at the helm of its apex sports body?", wrote The Times Of India newspaper.

"Ironically, we have called this upon ourselves: for too many years, we have allowed our sports officials to enjoy the game called let's-make-merry-as-sport-goes-to-the-dogs," he added.

In an article titled Olympian shame, Mail Today writes: "Indian athletes, still savouring their best-ever Olympic showing at London this year, will suffer the humiliation of not being able to compete under the national flag at the next Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

"They will be forced to participate under the Olympic flag if India continues not to conform to IOC guidelines."

In a guest column in the same paper, former Commonwealth Games gold medalist shooter Moraad Ali Khan described the ban as "the most embarrassing moment in India's sporting history".

Beijing Olympics gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra criticised the country's sports administrators for pushing the athletes' interest to the background.

"I was shocked to be told that India could be disaffiliated by the IOC. It was shameful to be in such a situation.

"The athletes and not the officials will suffer if the country is suspended by the IOC. It seems that the interest of the athletes have been pushed to the last agenda in the scheme of things. It is very unfortunate."

In an opinion piece called Time to clean up our game, The Hindu says: "The IOA's inability to sort things out with the government has led to this unprecedented suspension in its 88-year-old history.

"The Commonwealth Games scam that led to officials, including IOA president Suresh Kalmadi and current secretary-general-designate Lalit Bhanot being charge-sheeted, has only strengthened the public perception that sports bodies need to be brought under government regulation, specially when government funds are being utilised for the development of sports."

In a column in The Hindustan Times, Rahul Mehra called it a "golden day" for Indian sports.

"The government of India missed a golden opportunity to clean up the mess after the outbreak of the Commonwealth Games scam, but it chose to sit on the fence. Had it acted then, we would not have been slapped internationally like this."

Mr Mehra says that the ban should instead be seen as a "god-sent opportunity" to clean up the mess in the Indian sports.

He suggests that a committee, comprising Olympic medallists like Abhinav Bindra and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, "men of impeccable reputation", should be set up to administer the IOA.

"The situation is retrievable," he wrote.

Knaur 12-05-2012 07:23 PM

Its all GoI's fault, fair and square.

Knaur 12-07-2012 09:48 PM

Knocked Out: Indian boxing federation suspended for 'rigged elections'

New Delhi:

In another major embarrassment to the India, the International Amateur Boxing Association suspended Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) on Thursday.

This development came after two days when IOC had on Tuesday suspended the IOA because of government interference in its selection process.

The decision was largely expected after the IOA decided to go ahead with the elections today under the government's Sports Code, defying the IOC's diktat to hold the polls under the Olympic Charter.

The possible manipulation of the recent IABF elections held in September this year is cited as one of the reasons behind IABF's ouster from the World body association.

The IABF elected BJP MLA Abhishek Singh Matoria as president and Abhay Singh Chautala as chairman in the elections held this year in September. The IABF created the post of chairman to accommodate Chautala in the Association.

After slapping a provisional suspension to the India's boxing body, in its statement, the AIBA said, “Further to the International Olympic Committee’s suspension imposed on the Indian Olympic Association, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Executive Committee Bureau has decided today, 6 December 2012, to provisionally suspend the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF). This provisional suspension is also due to the fact that AIBA had learned about possible manipulation of the recent IABF’s election. AIBA will now investigate this election and especially a potential political link between IOA President, as former Chairman of the IABF, and the IABF election.”

The decision to ban AIBF was taken in a meeting at Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday.

Knaur 01-09-2014 09:22 AM

No flag for India's athletes at Winter Games
:pat: Bloody shameful.


India's athletes lost all hope Wednesday of competing under the national flag at the Winter Olympics after the country's suspended Olympic association said it would hold elections two days after the Games open in Sochi.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will hold a poll to elect new leaders on February 9, a senior source told AFP, meaning luge medal hope Shiva Keshavan and three other competitors will be classed as independents, not as Indians.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) froze India's membership in December 2012 after the national association in New Delhi elected a number of tainted officials to key posts.

The IOA last month bowed to pressure and agreed to keep tainted officials out of the fresh elections, but rejected a request from India's sports ministry to hold the new contest before the start of the Games.

A furious Keshavan, preparing abroad for his fifth Winter Olympics that open on February 7, told the Mail Today newspaper on Wednesday that not being able to compete under the national flag was "shameful and pathetic".
"It is a sad and embarrassing situation that Indian sport has been put in," the 32-year-old said. "People around the world know about the failure of our systems and about corruption and bad governance in sports.

"The essence of the Olympic Games is to ‘represent’ and I feel it is shameful and pathetic for all of us Indians that athletes may not walk under the Indian flag."

IOC president Thomas Bach explained on December 10 that if elections were not held before February 7, Indian qualifiers for Sochi would be officially classified "as independent athletes under the Olympic flag".

A source in the Indian association told AFP Wednesday: "A notification to hold the elections on Feb 9 has been issued by senior IOA official S. Reghunathan, who has chaired the last few meetings."

The officials in the row include IOA secretary-general Lalit Bhanot who is out on bail facing corruption charges linked to the chaotic 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

The IOA source said holding the elections before the Games would have "created complications".

"The decision to have elections on February 9 was taken at a special general body meeting last month," he said. "We would have had to call another general body meeting to change the dates."

Besides Keshavan, who recently won a silver medal at the Luge Asia Cup in Japan, there are three skiers Hira Lal, Himanshu Thakur and Nadeem Iqbal in the Indian squad for the Sochi Games.

"How does an athlete, after putting in years of hard work in training for the Olympics, motivate himself after he is denied an opportunity to represent his own country?" Keshavan said in the interview.

"I remind myself that I am a sportsperson and have to stay focused. In my heart and mind, I will be competing for India and representing our country," said Keshavan.

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