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India drawing a “roadmap” back the Olympics

May 15, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

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After being suspended by the IOC last December for failing to comply with the Olympic Charter, India is on the road back to the Games.

The IOA has agreed, during a meeting at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne Wednesday, to hold new elections and a new Annual General Meeting.

“It was a good and fruitful meetings so far,” a top official told the PTI. “We are hopeful of an early solution to the issues. A roadmap is being drawn for India’s return to the Olympic fold.”

The ban, put in affect after corrupt official Lalit Bhanot was elected secretary-general, meant the IOC would cease funding the IOA and that no athletes would be able to compete in the Games under the Indian flag.

A delegation including Indian Sports Minister Jitendra Singh, Sports Secretary P K Deb, and Beijing gold medal shooter Abhinav Bindra, among others, is still working out the details with the IOC. But everything seems to be going well despite the fact that the acting IOA President V K Malhotra and IOC member Randhir Singh chose to boycott the meeting at the last second.