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International Olympic Committee lifts ban on India

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has lifted the ban it placed on the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) following elections of a new board conducted on Sunday under IOC supervision, according to UK-based body, SportsBusiness.

The IOA was suspended after Lalit Bhanot, who spent 11 months in jail on corruption charges, was voted in as secretary general.

The IOC subsequently ordered the IOA to elect new officials, but at the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 winter Olympic Games on Friday, Indian athletes had to file past under the IOC flag, rather than the Indian flag.

On Sunday, World Squash Federation president Narayna Ramachandran was voted in as the new IOA president, while Rajeev Mehta and Anil Khanna were also elected as the new secretary general and treasurer, respectively.

The elections were overseen by an IOC delegation, led by member Robin Mitchell, who reported that the elections complied with IOC requirements, which include the requirement that no person convicted of a criminal offence can run for a position within the organisation.

Indian athletes entered the Sochi 2014 winter Olympic Games under the Olympic flag during the opening ceremony last Friday and have competed as independent Olympic participants, but with the suspension having been lifted, the IOA will be allowed to walk behind their national flag at the closing ceremony on 23 February.

To mark the lifting of the suspension and in recognition of the three Indian athletes competing in Sochi, the Indian flag will be raised in the Olympic Village.

Pana 13/02/2014