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IOC to ban India from the Olympics

Dec 4, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

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The IOC is expected to suspend the Indian Olympic Association Tuesday because of government interference with committee elections that could result in corrupt official Lalit Bhanot taking over as secretary-general, according to Reuters.

The ban would effectively mean that the IOC would cease funding India’s Olympic committee and no Indian athletes would be able to compete in the Games under the Indian flag. India won six medals at this summer’s London Games.

Bhanot is out on bail after being in custody for eleven months following charges of corruption stemming from the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi. He’s set to win Wednesday’s IOA election unopposed after a rival pulled out at the 11th hour.

The announcement of India’s suspension is expected Tuesday from Lausanne, Switzerland, where the IOC Executive Board is holding its biannual meeting. Indian Sports Minister Jitendra Singh told The Hindu newspaper that the IOC never responded to messages they wrote regarding the issue.

Other things on the IOC agenda: whether Kuwait will also be banned for violating a sports law, whether athletes recently caught doping from the 2004 Games will be sanctioned, and whether Lance Armstrong’s bronze from 2000 will be revoked despite the IOC’s eight-year statute of limitations on changing results.

  1. phipfwe76 - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    I feel like this should be bigger news….

  2. trhendricks5966 - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    The IOC is a Hypocritical Moral Joke, right up there with FIFA.

    True, Bhanot is probably a crook, but the dealings in Beijing and Pyongyang are far more corrupt. Of course one should never expect too much from an organization that lacked to guts to stand up to the Nazis in 1936 and later the Soviets in 1980.

  3. mogogo1 - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Bhanot must have stopped sharing his ill-gotten gains. Nothing else can explain such decisive action from a group where corruption is standard operating procedure.

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