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IOC willing to discuss India’s reinstatement

Jan 15, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

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The IOC is tossing a lifeline to the suspended Indian Olympic Association, and sent a letter stating it’s willing to meet with Indian officials in Lausanne to discuss terms of possible reinstatement.

First and foremost, the IOC said in the letter that the suspended IOA “must be in a position to hold free, fair, transparent and credible elections without any external interference and exclusively on the basis of Olympic Charter and IOA’s Constitution.”

The IOA was banned last month for failing to comply with the Olympic Charter after allowing tainted official Lalit Bhanot, who was in custody for eleven months on corruption charges stemming from the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to not only run for secretary-general, but to win unopposed.

No date is set for the meeting in Lausanne, but the IOA executive board will get together in New Delhi on Jan. 19 to discuss how they plan to move forward in regards to the IOC suspension.

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