The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had its suspension officially lifted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in a ceremony in Sochi on Sunday.
The decision to terminate the suspension was announced by Thomas Bach, head of the IOC, last week. Indian athletes competing at the Sochi Olympics will now be allowed to compete under their country’s flag and have their country’s national anthem played if one of them wins a gold medal.
Narayna Ramachandran, who was recently elected president of the IOA, said the IOA was grateful to be back in the good graces of the IOC:
For us after having been out of the IOC and the Olympic Movement for 15 months to come back to it and to come back to it within two days of our elections, I just couldn’t believe it. When the IOC lifted our ban in the midst of an Olympic event, it’s the first time it’s happened and I am truly grateful to the IOC President Thomas Bach … for having lifted the ban within two days (Inside the Games).
The IOA was initially punished by the IOC for electing two officials accused of corruption to high-ranking positions.
[Source: Inside the Games]