31 May 2013

IOC India suspension close to resolution

12:25 pm on 31 May 2013

A row between India and the International Olympic Committee which has led to the suspension of the Asian nation from all Olympic activities is heading towards a possible resolution.

The IOC banned India in December after refusing to recognise the results of Indian Olympic Association elections due to government interference, which led to a tainted official being named its secretary general.

The IOA has to hold elections by September 1st and will have to hold an extraordinary meeting by mid-July to make amendments to its constitution before holding the elections.

The IOC says the suspension had not yet been lifted but there is progress following talks in Lausanne this month.

The ban meant an end to funding from the IOC for the IOA, no Indian officials attending Olympic meetings and Indian athletes banned from competing at the Olympics under their country's flag.