The IOC suspended India’s national Olympic committee on Tuesday because of government interference in its election process, two officials with knowledge of the decision told to The Associated Press.
After months of warnings, the IOC executive board imposed the sanction when the Indian Olympic Association failed to comply with the world body’s demands for holding independent elections, the officials said.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement hadn’t been made yet. An IOC news conference was scheduled for later Tuesday at the end of the executive board’s first day of a two-day meeting.
International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said he could not comment.
“I can’t discuss that because any decisions that are taken have to be communicated to any countries involved,” he said.
In New Delhi, acting IOA president Vijay Kumar Malhotra told the AP that the association “has not been intimated about any suspension so far.”
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