Given the suspension of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) due to ethical and administrative reasons, luger Shiva Keshavan, Alpine skier Himanshu Thakur and cross-country skier Nadeem Iqbal walked behind the IOC flag at the Games’ opening ceremony yesterday. Bindra immediately tweeted: “Watching the Sochi opening ceremony at The Hague. Ashamed and saddened that India is not represented because of incompetence.”

The IOA was suspended by the IOC in December 2012 due to its failure to comply with the Olympic Charter. Owing to this, a number of Indian athletes including boxers have had to participate in international events sans the national flag.

IOA suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) due to ethical and administrative reasons, Luger Shiva Keshavan, Alpine skier Himanshu Thakur and cross-country skier Nadeem Iqbal had to walk behind the IOC flag.
     
The Indian athletes will compete under the "independent athletes" category and will be represented under the Olympic flag.
     
It’s an embarrassing situation for India as billions of people all over the world tuned in to witness the opening ceremony, held at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.
     
The IOA was suspended by the IOC in December, 2012 due to its failure to comply with the Olympic charter. It has resulted in Indian athletes, including boxers, participating in events under the flag of world body.

Courtesy: Mid Day

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