The International Olympic Committee has banned the Indian Olympic Association from the Olympics because of government interference in the election process of the nation’s officials. The IOC announced the news today after learning of the potential corruption.
India’s ban by the IOC means that the Olympic Committee will immediately stop funding for India’s Olympic committee. It also means no Indian athletes would be able to compete in the Olympics under the country’s flag.
The IOC had also recently threatened to suspend Kuwait’s Olympic committee, but the Gulf nation amended its sports law last week and was not hit with an IOC sanction on Tuesday.
The IOC had repeatedly told the Indian body to adhere to its own constitution and the Olympic Charter and not follow the government’s sports code for this week’s elections. The IOC will not recognize the results if the elections are held under government rules.
The Indians have been mired in wrangling over the elections to replace Suresh Kalmadi, who was jailed for nine months on corruption charges related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Kalmadi, who headed the IOA for 16 years, decided not to seek re-election.
The Indian vote, originally scheduled for last month, has been postponed to Wednesday following the resignation of election commission chairman SY Quraishi.
The IOC will also determine whether Kuwait will also be banned for a violation and whether Lance Armstrong will be stripped of his bronze medal from the 2000 games.