2012: After highs in London, India shamed by IOC suspension

Indian Olympic Association

2012 started with jubilation but ended with shame for the country's Olympic movement as barely months after India came up with its best-ever medal haul at the Olympic Games in London, the IOA was slapped with a suspension by the IOC for not adhering to the Olympic Charter during its elections.

The development, a result of the internal power struggle in the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), has put the country in an embarrassing position.

But it is the athletes who had to bear the brunt most of the unfortunate situation as the suspension has put a question mark over their very participation in Olympic events under the tri-colour and can only participate under the IOC banner.

It also meant that the IOA will stop receiving International Olympic Committee (IOC) funding and its officials will be banned from attending Olympic meetings and events.

The IOC's decision to ban IOA in its executive board meeting in Lausanne earlier this month has exposed the dirty politics in the national Olympic body.

The IOC said that it decided to ban India as the IOA had failed to comply with the Olympic Charter and also allowed a tainted official to contest the elections for a top post.

The decision was largely expected after the IOA decided to go ahead with its elections under the government's Sports Code, defying the IOC's diktat to hold the polls under the Olympic Charter.

The suspension triggered off a blame game not only within the IOA, but also between the government and the national Olympic body.

Holding India's nominated representative in IOC, Randhir Singh, who was in the race for IOA president's post but withdrew later, responsible for the entire mess, current IOA chief Chautala said, "He had misled the IOA, the IOC and the government. Being an IOC member from the country, he should have defended the IOA and pleaded our case before the IOC."

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