Sochi: Indian athletes won't carry tricolor
As the Indian Olympic Association has not returned to the Olympic fold, three Indian athletes, who are participating in the sporting event, will be seen walking under the International Olympic Committee flag during the Opening Ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi on Friday, media reports said.
Indian athletes Shiva Keshavan, Nadeem Iqbal and Himanshu Thakur will not hold the national flag in their hands when they join the opening ceremony at the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium.
"It's a disgrace. The authorities are insensitive towards the athletes. They are not bothered who is taking part or not," former sprinter Ashwini Nachappa told NDTV.
Nachappa said: "We had asked the IOA to advance the elections, but nobody heard us. They are very arrogant people. But we should still be proud of our athletes."
IOA vice-president Tarlochan Singh told the news channel: "We were aware of the timing of the Sochi Games. It's not that IOA don't care about the athletes, but we have a democratic process and can't rush elections. Media must know the facts before slamming IOA."
Shocking sports lovers across India, the country was suspended from the International Olympic Committee in 2012 after tainted officials were elected.
The Opening Ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will be held in the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium on Friday.
The Olympic Games will be declared closed on Feb 23.
(Posted on 07-02-2014)