International Olympic Committee ends IOA’s suspension

Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; The Olympic flag is carried onto the stage during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made an unprecedented announcement Tuesday, terminating the suspension being served by the Indian Olympic Committee (IOA). The decision, which marks the first time in Olympic history a National Olympic Committee’s suspension has been lifted while the Games are in progress, means Indian athletes will be able to compete under their country’s flag for the remainder of the Sochi Olympics.

The IOC’s decision comes on the heels of the IOA electing two new officials – Narayana Ramachandran and Rajeev Mehta — on Feb. 9.

The lifting of the suspension has big financial implications for the IOA. Randhir Singh, an Indian IOC member, explained the situation to Reuters, saying the IOA can finally receive IOC funds again:

All (financial) accounts will be opened soon and we’ll be getting our share of the Olympic Solidarity Program to fund our own programs. We got around $1.2 million last time. Because of this mess, many athletes suffered. Now that IOA has put its house in order, athletes can focus on preparation.

Keep checking back with FanSided for updates throughout the rest of the Sochi Olympics.

[Source: Reuters]

Topics: India, International Olympic Committee, IOA, Thomas Bach

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