Indians to compete under Olympic flag in Sochi

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — India athletes will compete under the Olympic flag — not their national flag — at next month’s Winter Games in Sochi.

The IOC says the decision comes after the Indian Olympic Association failed to schedule its general assembly before the start of the games on Feb. 7.

With the Indian body still suspended, the IOC “is considering all necessary arrangements for the Indian athletes who have qualified for the Sochi Games to take part as Independent Olympic Participants under the Olympic flag.”

The International Olympic Committee said last month it would lift the suspension once new elections are held. The Indians have scheduled the meeting for Feb. 9, two days after the opening of the Olympics.

The Indian association was suspended by the IOC in December 2012 for electing tainted officials.

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