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IOC lifts ban on India

English.news.cn   2014-02-11 16:47:07

NEW DELHI, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) lifted ban on India Tuesday, allowing its athletes to compete under their own flag in Sochi, officials from both sides confirmed.

"The ban has been lifted. There was an (IOC) executive committee meeting early this morning," Rajeev Mehta, the Indian Olympic Association secretary general said.

An IOC spokesman confirmed the ban had been lifted, adding that India could now compete under its own flag at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

"The decision means Indian athletes can compete for their national Olympic committee. They can walk behind their national flag at the closing ceremony," IOC spokesman Mark Adams said.

India's three athletes have been competing at the Games under the IOC flag as a result of the country's suspension.

The IOC froze India's membership in December 2012 after the national association in New Delhi elected a number of tainted officials to key posts.

Editor: chengyang
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