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‘IOC’s latest move casts shadow over India’s bid to host major events’ | More sports News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) renewed threat to ban India over its national Olympic body’s failure to address “ongoing internal disputes, governance shortcomings and court cases” has put the country’s hopes of hosting the 2030 Youth Olympics and 2036 Summer Olympics in jeopardy.
IOC’s warning on Thursday has come as a rude wakeup call for the Indian sports officials, who have been nurturing hopes of presenting a blueprint of the proposed Olympic projects before the world body’s top leadership during its visit to India in 2023 for the IOC Session.
“IOC is very serious about its warning and there’s every possibility that the country might face global suspension if the elections weren’t held by December this year. By postponing the IOC Session until September, the world body has made its intentions clear. And there’s no guarantee that the IOC will wait until December for the IOA to conduct its elections. It may relocate the IOC Session. In that case, it will certainly jeopardise India’s bid to host the Youth Olympics and Summer Olympics,” a senior IOA official told TOI on Friday.
In its letter to IOA’s secretary general Rajeev Mehta, James MacLeod, the director of Olympic solidarity and NOC relations for IOC, wrote: “Any such suspension of the NOC of India would mean, in particular, that the athletes of India would no longer be able to represent the country and compete under the country’s flag/name at the Olympic Games and other international sports events.”





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