India Agrees to IOC’s Demands, Amends Constitution and Makes Changes.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has amended its constitution after a threat by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to its membership in the Olympic movement.

The IOC suspended India last year due to alleged government’s interference in its body’s election process.

The IOA was also urged to bar officials charged with criminal offence from running any of its offices.

On Saturday, the IOC president, Thomas Bach, said India could be expelled from the Olympic movement unless they comply to ethics rules.

They have now agreed to make changes, ahead of the new elections slated for February.

Indian Athletes May Not Compete at Future Olympics If...
Indian Athletes May Not Compete at Future Olympics If…

“We’ve amended the constitution. Once the amendment is accepted (by the IOC), they’d revoke the suspension so that we can conduct a fresh election”, senior IOA official S. Reghunathan, who chaired Sunday’s meeting, told reporters.

Lalit Bhanot, who spent 11 years in custody in 2012 on corruption charges linked to Delhi’s hosting of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and Abhay Singh Chautala, elected as secretary general and president respectively in last year’s controversial election, will leave their posts.

“We are stepping down in the interest of the Indian athletes, and also under pressure from the IOC,” Chautala, who has close link to former president Suresh Kalmadi, who is on bail over similar incident, said.

India won six medals (two silver and four bronze) at the London 2012 Games.

South Africa were the last country to be banned from the Olympics between 1968 and 1988 during the apartheid era.