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SBD Global/December 12, 2012/Olympics
Cleans Sports India Welcoms IOC's Suspension Of IOA
Published December 12, 2012
FAR-REACHING RAMIFICATIONS: THE HINDU noted "what are the implication of the suspension?" Indian athletes "would not be able to compete in multi-discipline games that came under the jurisdiction of the IOC, namely the Olympics and the Asian Games." Other int'l federations "did not seem to have been influenced by the IOC decision at this stage at least." Int'l Association of Athletics Federations Deputy Secretary General and Communications Dir Nick Davies said, "There is no connection between an IOC sanction of its NOC and the federation of athletics which is affiliated to IAAF -- so, for now, there is no impact on participation of Indian federation and its athletes at IAAF events." Int'l Hockey Federation Communications Manager Jenny Wiedeke said, "The IOC decision has no impact on FIH events." Contrary to what is being constantly projected in sections of the media, the IOC "sanction does not allow Indian athletes to compete under the Olympic flag." IOC's NOC Relations Dir Pere Miro said, "The IOA has lost all the rights covered by the Olympic Charter. Today, for Indian athletes it is not possible to take part in any competition under IOC jurisdiction" (THE HINDU, 12/11).