International Olympic Committee suspends Indian Olympic Association
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday suspended the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) because of political and governmental interference in its election process.
About a month ago, the IOC executive board had warned the IOA to hold elections in a free and fare manner independently, and without government interference.
The suspension means that Indian athletes will be barred from competing in Olympic events under the national flag, though the IOC can allow them to do so under the Olympic flag.
This suspension also means that the IOA will not receive funds from IOC and IOA office bearers will not attend Olympic meetings and events.
Reacting to the IOC's decision, Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh said: "Its very unfortunate for sports, I think it is embarrassing for sportspersons."
"We have already written to them, but they didn't reply. Let me get the details, and then, I will get back to you," he added.
He insisted that guidelines in the sports code are in sync with the Olympic Charter, as both stand for transparency and accountability.