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IOC welcomes Indian move

New Delhi: The International Olympic Committee (IOC), on Tuesday night, welcomed the Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) decision to amend the constitution to keep the tainted officials out, but adopted a cautious approach on the issue of lifting the suspension.

Though happy with IOA’s decision to meet the basic standards for ethics and good governance, the IOC made it clear that the suspension would not be lifted till the elections were held in February.

“Should the national Olympic committee not be able to complete the remaining steps of the agreed roadmap by the start of the Sochi (Winter) Games in February, the executive board decided that any Indian athlete that qualifies to compete at Sochi 2014 would be allowed to compete as an independent Olympic participant under the Olympic flag,” a statement from IOC said.

“The executive board also made it clear that, in this event, no Indian flags or symbols would be used at the Games,” the statement added.