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IOC halted India's suspension
Dec 11, 2013

Indian athletes have been cleared to compete in the Winter Games in Sochi after the country complied with the IOC’s ethics rules and avoided becoming the first country expelled from the Olympics in more than 40 years. 

The International Olympic Committee gave a reprieve to India’s suspended national Olympic body after a long impasse that had threatened to lead to the expulsion of the world’s second most populous nation.

But whether the few Indian athletes who have qualified for Sochi compete for their country under Indian flag or under the Olympic flag is not clear yet. 

The move came two days after the Indian Olympic Association amended its constitution to bar any officials charged with a crime from running for election.

The Indian body was suspended by the IOC last December after electing secretary-general Lalit Bhanot, who spent 10 months in jail on corruption charges related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. The new elections will not take place until Feb. 9.

If the elections can take place before the Sochi Olympics and satisfy the IOC demands, the suspension would be lifted and the athletes could compete with their national flag and anthem.


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