LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The IOC (International Olympic Committee) will consider suspending the Indian national Olympic Committee for interfering XX when the Lausanne body holds a two-day meeting that starts Tuesday 4 December. Also on the agenda: Lance Armstrong’s cycling Olympic bronze medal and other doping issues that have surfaced in recent months.
The IOC meeting is being held at the Palace Hotel in Lausanne, with the head office under repairs from recent flooding during a major storm. An old pipe system burst close to the IOC, whose offices are near the lakefront in Vidy, flooding other buildings in the area and the basement of the IOC.
The Indian body has been told by the IOC to follow its own charter for an election of its members Wednesday 5 December, and not rules set by the Indian government; it risks suspension for allowing government interference. The Times of India said 3 December that the election will be held for “tainted officials” after a group with backing from one IOC member withdrew from the race. “The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had been directed by a Delhi court to hold elections according to the government’s sports code, while the IOC wanted it to abide by the Olympic charter that favours autonomy.|
The upcoming Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Sochi, Russia Games will be reviewed. AP, which follows IOC activities closely, reports that “With concerns mounting about the state of progress in Rio, the IOC will be looking for assurances that the first Olympics in South America are on track.”