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India could be kicked out of Olympics

Thomas Bach

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - SEPTEMBER 10: IOC Executive Committee Member Thomas Bach looks on during the 125th IOC Session - IOC Presidential Election at the Hilton Hotel on on September 10, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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India’s Olympic Association may no longer be recognized by the International Olympic Committee if it fails to comply with “rules of good governance” by Tuesday, IOC president Thomas Bach told The Associated Press.

India, currently under an IOC suspension, has “corruption-tainted officials” in its Olympic Association’s ranks, the AP reported.

“It’s about the principles,” Bach told the AP. “Good governance for the IOC is a key issue. We need to be strict and to make sure the rules of good governance are being applied.”

South Africa was the last nation kicked out of the Olympics, more than 40 years ago due to apartheid. It did not return to the Games until 1992.

The Indian Olympic Committee is scheduled to meet Sunday to consider amending its policies in response to the IOC, according to the AP.

The IOC has been involved in discussions with India for months. The main issue stems from last year’s election of IOA secretary-general Lalit Bhanot, who had been jailed for 10 months in a corruption case related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

“We will see if there is any last-moment movement,” Bach, elected as president in September, told the AP. “If not, then we have to consider to take the next step.”

India won six medals at London 2012, its most ever, and has never won a Winter Olympic medal.

Indian athletes qualified for the Sochi Olympics may still be able to compete as individuals under the Olympic flag, according to the AP.

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