India hoping IOC lifts hosting ban as it guarantees entry to all athletes
India looks set to have its ban from hosting sports events lifted by the International Olympic Committee, after the country confirmed it will ensure the entry of all participants to such events in future.
The IOC had temporarily denied India the right to host international events after two Pakistani shooters were not granted visas to visit New Delhi for the ISSF World Shooting championship in February.
The IOC executive board recommended at the time that international federations “neither award to nor hold sports events in India until the above-mentioned guarantees are obtained.”
Three months earlier, the Indian government had withheld visas from Donjeta Sadiku, a Kosovan boxer who was due to compete in the AIBA Women World Championships in Delhi, and her coaches.
However, sports secretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya has, in a letter addressed to Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Dhruv Batra, and sent to IOC president Thomas Bach, guaranteed in international sports events under the control of the IOA, “participation of athletes without prejudice to our principled positions and policies on other political matters including issues such as international recognition or otherwise the country of origin of the athletes.”
The IOC executive board is meeting in Lausanne today and tomorrow, and may decide to lift the ban.
The letter also stated: “The government of India has always attached high importance to the development of sports in the country. It’s the vision of the government to enhance the sporting capabilities of our people through our association with the IOC, and based on the values and principles of the Olympic charter.”
The IOA has, in recent months, been talking up a bid to host the summer Olympic Games in 2032.