Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Randhir Singh said that the organization "can still avoid an Olympic suspension by calling off its controversial" election on Wednesday, according to Sudipto Ganguly of REUTERS. The IOC "will propose the suspension" to its exec board next week after being told that government regulations would apply for the IOA election. Singh, who has been critical of IOA acting President V.K. Malhotra for going ahead with the election, said, "I think we can still avoid it by calling off the elections. The IOC has clearly said that they will not recognise the election results in the current scenario. What is the hurry?" A Delhi court has asked the IOA to hold the elections "adhering to the government's sports code, while the IOC maintains it can happen only under the rules mentioned in Olympic charter and IOA constitution" (REUTERS, 11/29).
Kuwait has "amended its sports law" following threats from the IOC that it will suspend the country over inference from government authorities in the Olympic movement, according to Claire Valdini of ARABIAN BUSINESS. The country gave no details of the changes, but Olympic committee Chair Sheikh Ahmad Al Sabah reassured athletes that they would now "be able to compete under the national flag." A proposal to "reapply for the suspension of the Kuwait Olympic Committee" is due to be presented to the IOC Exec Board at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland next month. Suspension would cut off IOC funding to the committees and "prevent their athletes from competing in the Olympics under their national flags" (ARABIAN BUSINESS, 11/28).
The Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee unveiled its official mascot: Nanjinglele. The name is inspired by a unique, natural feature of China's host city, known as the "rain-flower pebble." The word "Lele" represents the sound of stones colliding together and is pronounced like the Chinese word meaning happiness or joy. Nanjinglele was chosen following a nationwide mascot design competition launched by NYOGOC earlier this year. More than 1.2 million students from more than 900 colleges and universities across China participated in the competition.The winner was 25-year-old Cui Xinye (Nanjing 2014). ... Travel and event firm Thomas Cook "has revealed an unwelcome legacy: a £17M ($27.3M) hole in its accounts after a disastrous attempt to cash in on London 2012." It has blamed the loss "on marketing and licensing costs for package deals that offered guaranteed tickets for the Games" (BELFAST TELEGRAPH, 11/29).