India banned from Games
The IOC suspended India’s national Olympic committee because of government interference in its election process, a major embarrassment for the world’s second most populous nation. 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 Indian body will stop receiving IOC funding and its officials will be banned from attending Olympic meetings and events. India’s athletes also will be barred from competing in Olympic events under their national flag.