IOC suspends Indian NOC over questionable election process
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December 4 – Meeting in Lausanne the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board has opted to suspend the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) since they did not meet the requirements of holding an independent election as there was government interference.
The Associated Press broke the news after speaking to two officials who anticipated the news on condition of anonymity.
Suspension by the IOC will come at a high price for everyone concerned as the NOC will lose its funding, NOC officials will be banned from attending any of the Olympic meetings and events and even the athletes will pay as they will not be able to compete at Olympic events under the national flag. The IOC may grant them use of the Olympic flag.
India ran into trouble when the organization deviated from its constitution and the Olympic Charter and decided to follow the government sports code for the elections.
The IOC is clear about its recognition that NOCs must follow the procedure and will not recognize government rules.
At the heart of the issue is the need for a replacement for Suresh Kalmadi who was in charge of the IOA for 16 years but fell into disgrace with corruption charges for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and served nine months in jail.
On Friday the IOA announced the names of officials that were not involved with the elections and at the top of the list was Lalit Bhanot as secretary general and he also spent time in jail over the same corruption charges with the Commonwealth Games.
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