Good news for three Indian who are participating at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Himanshu Thakur, Nadeem Iqbal and Shiva Keshavan who marched in the opening ceremony under the Olympic flag because their national committee had been suspended for improper elections can now once again compete under their country’s flag at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reinstated India, allowing its athletes to once again compete under their country’s flag after a ban of more than a year which was effected in December 2012 after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) elected Lalit Bhanot, who spent 11 months in jail on corruption charges, to a top post.
But after Sunday’s elections when Narayna Ramachandran, the president of the World Squash Federation, was voted in as the new president of the Indian Olympic Association, the IOC said on Tuesday that it had ended the suspension following the Indian association’s general assembly and elections for a new board on Sunday.
The effect is immediate — the athletes will no longer be listed as Independent Olympic Participants.
Their country’s flag will be raised in the Olympic Village and they can carry it during the closing ceremony on February 23, 2014.
It is the first time in Olympic history that a suspension of an NOC (National Olympic Committee) has been lifted during an Olympic Games.
The reinstatement raises to 89 the number of countries and territories participating in the Sochi Games.