IOC bans Indian Olympic Association

  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has been banned and elections due to take place today will be "null and void", the IOC has said.

    The decision was made on Tuesday after the IOC claimed that government interference in a vote could result in a tainted official taking over as secretary-general.

    "They are not entitled to have elections and if for some reason they go ahead this will not be recognised," said the IOC's Pere Miro, who is in charge of relations with national Olympic committees.

    "This is because this is part of a full problem. The election process has been tarnished since the origin. Many different interferences, many governmental rules and their own bad interpretation of IOA statutes," Miro added.

    Kuwait escaped a similar ban following an amendment to its sports law.

    The ban means an end to funding from the IOC to the Indian committee, no Indian officials attending Olympic meetings and Indian athletes banned from competing at the Olympics under their country's flag.

    Lalit Bhanot, who spent 11 months in custody last year following corruption allegations over the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and who is out on bail, was confirmed for the position last week after the rival faction pulled out.