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Feb 8, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; A general view of the Olympic cauldron and flame behind the Olympic rings sculpture during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Indian Olympic Association elects new officials

Narayana Ramachandran was named the new leader of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Sunday, and Rajeev Mehta was appointed to the position of secretary general. Both men ran for their respective offices unopposed.

By electing the new officials, the IOA hopes the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will lift the ban that prevents Indian Olympians from competing under their nation’s flag. The IOC initially suspended the IOA in December 2012 due to the election of two officials — Lalit Bhanot and Abhay Chautala — with checkered pasts.

Ramachandran told reporters he hopes the new elections satisfied the IOC’s demands for reform:

To the best of our knowledge, the IOC observer team is completely satisfied with the conduct and the fairness of the election. The house has urged them to take their report back to the IOC executive board and try to make sure the athletes walk beneath the Indian tri-colour at the earliest (Inside the Games).

Unfortunately for the three Indian athletes at the Sochi Olympics, they will still have to compete under the label of “independents” since the elections weren’t held before the Games began.

[Source: Inside the Games]

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