Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Armed clowns terrify the north of France

Read more

DEBATE

Oscar Pistorius sentenced : Does the punishment fit the crime? (Part 1)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Provocative sculpture "unplugged"

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

'Flying coffins' in Ivory Coast and a rich Maltese couple rescuing migrants

Read more

FOCUS

London now the world's most expensive city

Read more

WEB NEWS

USA: Ebola Halloween costumes spark outrage online

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Jokowi: 'A new hope' for Indonesia

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Christophe de Margerie, a jovial and strategic boss

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Exiled family returns to Somaliland

Read more

Asia-pacific

'No flag' for Indian athletes at Sochi Winter Olympics

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-09

Three Indian athletes will compete at the Winter Games that start on February 6 in Sochi, Russia, but they will not be competing under their country’s flag following an embarrassing delay by the country’s Olympic association.

Luge medal hopeful Shiva Keshavan and two skiers’ dream to wave their flag at the high-profile global event were dashed on Wednesday after the Indian Olympic Association announced it would only hold its next meeting three days after the Games begin.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) froze India’s membership in December 2012 in connection to the election of several tainted officials to key posts in the national association.

The international body ordered the association to hold new elections or face the symbolic exclusion, but New Delhi dragged its feet, finally setting the new poll for February 9.

Embarrassing

IOC president Thomas Bach had previously warned that if elections were not held prior to the start of the Sochi Games, Indian athletes would be classified as “independents” competing under the Olympic flag.

“It is a sad and embarrassing situation that Indian sport has been put in,” Keshavan, 32, told India’s Mail Today newspaper. “People around the world know about the failure of our systems and about corruption and bad governance in sports.

“The essence of the Olympic Games is to "represent" and I feel it is shameful and pathetic for all of us Indians that athletes may not walk under the Indian flag,” he stated.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
 

Date created : 2014-01-09

  • 2014 Winter Olympics

    The skier taking East Timor to the Winter Olympics

    Read more

  • RUSSIA

    Putin allows designated protest zone at Sochi Olympics

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    France’s Hollande snubs Russia’s Sochi Games

    Read more

COMMENT(S)