No Indian Flag at Sochi Opening Ceremony

India's Olympic Association misses a crucial deadline and embarrasses athletes

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Sushil Kumar of the India Olympic wrestling team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England

A bureacratic snag will force India’s Olympic athletes to wave a generic flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, rather than the orange, white and green.

Yahoo News reports that Indian athletes are fuming at their Olympic Association for its sluggish response to a corruption scandal in December of 2012 that froze India’s membership in the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC gave India until February 7 to vote in new, untainted leadership, but India’s Olympic Association scheduled a vote on February 9, two days after the opening ceremony. As a result, India’s athletes will have to parade as “independents” under a generic Olympic flag.

Shiva Keshavan, a luger in the upcoming games, called the association’s refusal to expedite the vote “sad and pathetic.”

43 comments
GobiBains
GobiBains

India is a great country....for the rich and the corrupted. Jai Hind

anuj_kr_bgp
anuj_kr_bgp

There is no India.. Apart from corruption, India is divided on region, cast , color and language

Albert-Albs
Albert-Albs

Who cares about winter Olympics?


For the same reason (Corruption) so many Indians still living under poverty line. :(.
Fist we need a fix on Poverty then only Sports and all. 

KavitaC
KavitaC

Corruption...corruption...and corruption...its shameful for India....There are eligible sports person in India...but...doe to dirty politics ...they couldnt come

Madhava Acharya
Madhava Acharya

Athletes from India will not carry their nation’s flag at the Sochi Olympics as congress govt. unable to remove political involvement in the IOC & their corruption. ====================================== The Olympics are never free from political influence and associations, but in India, political infighting has literally cost the nation’s athletes the chance to compete under their own flag. India’s membership in the International Olympic Committee has been frozen since December 2012, when the IOC learned that India elected officials accused of corruption to its national Olympic committee. The Indian Olympic Association will hold new elections, but those elections will not be held until after the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. As a result, India’s athletes must compete as independents, and will enter the Opening Ceremony under a generic Olympic flag, not the nation’s flag as shown above in 2012. Naturally, and justifiably, Indian athletes are outraged. “It is a sad and embarrassing situation that Indian sport has been put in,” Shiva Keshavan, a luger who will compete in his fifth Olympics, told a local 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.” India had been warned in December that its athletes faced the possibility of being classified as independent if the nation did not hold elections before February 7, the date of the Opening Ceremony. The IOA decided at a December meeting to hold the elections two days later, on February 9. Why not simply change the date and move it a few days earlier? That’s thinking about solving the problem, not preserving the process. “The decision to have elections on February 9 was taken at a special general body meeting last month,” an IOA source told the AFP. “We would have had to call another general body meeting to change the dates.” “We have had discussions and it was mutually agreed that we must not take decisions in haste,” a source told India Today. “So it was decided not to alter the dates for the elections. [Changing the election date] may allow people to exploit legal loopholes in the decision and jeopardize the polls again.” So rather than alter its bureaucratic procedures, India’s Olympic committee has opted to embarrass its athletes, its nation and itself in front of the entire world. Olympic spirit apparently means very different things to different people. =================================== http://clamorworld.com/athletes-from-india-will-not-carry-their-nations-flag-at-the-sochi-olympics/ ================================== Athletes from India will not carry their nation’s flag at the Sochi Olympics as congress govt. unable to remove political involvement in the IOC & their corruption. ====================================== The Olympics are never free from political influence and associations, but in India, political infighting has literally cost the nation’s athletes the chance to compete under their own flag. India’s membership in the International Olympic Committee has been frozen since December 2012, when the IOC learned that India elected officials accused of corruption to its national Olympic committee. The Indian Olympic Association will hold new elections, but those elections will not be held until after the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. As a result, India’s athletes must compete as independents, and will enter the Opening Ceremony under a generic Olympic flag, not the nation’s flag as shown above in 2012. Naturally, and justifiably, Indian athletes are outraged. “It is a sad and embarrassing situation that Indian sport has been put in,” Shiva Keshavan, a luger who will compete in his fifth Olympics, told a local 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.” India had been warned in December that its athletes faced the possibility of being classified as independent if the nation did not hold elections before February 7, the date of the Opening Ceremony. The IOA decided at a December meeting to hold the elections two days later, on February 9. Why not simply change the date and move it a few days earlier? That’s thinking about solving the problem, not preserving the process. “The decision to have elections on February 9 was taken at a special general body meeting last month,” an IOA source told the AFP. “We would have had to call another general body meeting to change the dates.” “We have had discussions and it was mutually agreed that we must not take decisions in haste,” a source told India Today. “So it was decided not to alter the dates for the elections. [Changing the election date] may allow people to exploit legal loopholes in the decision and jeopardize the polls again.” So rather than alter its bureaucratic procedures, India’s Olympic committee has opted to embarrass its athletes, its nation and itself in front of the entire world. Olympic spirit apparently means very different things to different people. =================================== http://clamorworld.com/athletes-from-india-will-not-carry-their-nations-flag-at-the-sochi-olympics/ ================================== Like · · Share · 2,069178

Mazo
Mazo

Big deal - who cares about the Olympics in India anyway ? Most Indians would watch India's tour of NZ than some clowns jumping and falling over each other in the ice.

Vijay Banga
Vijay Banga

India has no sports culture so this is no shame as everything is interpreted into politics and people heading Sports bodies have never ever played any game whatsoever, it stinks really

Gaurav Jaiswal
Gaurav Jaiswal

^that's right, not only poor are used for vote banks, but also those who are categorized as minority caste. India is a shame on the face of the earth. I hate to see it on the picture of the earth taken from the space.

Debjyoti Das
Debjyoti Das

Corruption is eating India more than RG will ever be able to comprehend.

kblogxxx
kblogxxx

When was indian flag "Orange", White and Green? seems TIME is competing with IOC when it comes to 'responsibility'. It is Saffron, Whilte and Green.

Kamal Dev
Kamal Dev

Everybody in india is responsible for this humiliation because we are the ones who vote and support these corrupt politicians and the state machinery. This is really such an utter shame for India.

bonkim2003
bonkim2003

Indian elite think they can do anything with impunity.

Gopi Gopal
Gopi Gopal

No Indian Flag at Sochi Opening Ceremony...... “sad and pathetic.”

Neven Mubarak
Neven Mubarak

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Erol Bhram
Erol Bhram

may be coz poor r used for vote banks.. basic theory according to corrupt polticians is..'Never give so much to poor dat they start thinking they r satisfied and never give so less to poors dat they might revolt' means poor r engaged only in bread nd butter

Shabnam QùręŠhî
Shabnam QùręŠhî

Ex2tly @erol i agree with u,being an indian i stil dnt gt y r government dsnt luk at wht u pointd

Erol Bhram
Erol Bhram

Shame is wen 40 % of population lives in extreme conditions without food, clothing, shelter, health facilities

Ellen Mahmood
Ellen Mahmood

too bad India's Olympic Association missed the deadline lol

Louise Noyb
Louise Noyb

Boycott Sochi Olympics to protest Russia (Gazprom) from drilling in the Arctic.

Rebecca Brooks
Rebecca Brooks

Why are the Olympic Games even being held where they can't be properly promoted? The words Olympic Games are automatically capitalized as I type them but the athletes who dedicate their lives to participate & entertain us can not receive proper credit? Who can understand this?

journeyman
journeyman

Ouch! 

As if their commonwealth game is not embarrassing enough.

bonkim2003
bonkim2003

Are Indians keen on winter sports?

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@Louise Noyb 

i'd rather boycott boycotts since i'm not a delusional libtard who thinks that a natural gas company cares one iota whether or not people boycott the olympics

Mazo
Mazo

@journeymanNobody in India cares about the Summer Olympics - what makes you think they would give a damn about the Winter games or even the Commonwealth games ? Indian parents punish their kids for playing sports and not studying, you think anybody cares about the Indian flag at Sochi ?

Mazo
Mazo

@bonkim2003Nope. Indians couldnt care less if the entire Olympic movement closed down tomorrow.

journeyman
journeyman

They finished 2nd in the PISA in the test. Should be proud.