IOC lifts hosting rights on India

The uncertainty over India's hosting rights for international sporting events ended on Thursday with the International Olympic Committee lifting any restrictions.

IOA President Narinder Batra (in picture) thanked sports minister Kiren Rijiju and assured of a constructive and cooperative association going forward.   -  PTI

The uncertainty over India’s hosting of international sporting events officially ended on Thursday with the International Olympic Committee communicating the same and lifting any restrictions in place over India’s future hosting rights.

The IOC EB decided to “lift,  with  immediate  effect,  all  provisional  measures  and  restrictions  imposed  under points  2  and  3  of the  IOC  EB  decision  of 21  February  2019  in  relation  to  awarding  and hosting  any  international  sports  events  in  India;  and  inform  the  International  Sports Federations  accordingly,” James Macleod, IOC’s Director of Olympic Solidarity and NOC Relations, said in a letter to the Indian Olympic Association.

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The letter further added that the IOC Executive Board was satisfied that the Indian government’s letter on Tuesday regarding the same ensured that the principle of non-discrimination  of  athletes  and  teams participating  in any  future  international  sports  events  in India  will  be fully  respected.

IOA president Narinder Batra thanked Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and assured of a constructive and cooperative association going forward. 

"On behalf of IOA, all NSFs, athletes, sports loving community of India and myself, we are extremely thankful and grateful for your support and patience in arriving at the resolution on giving clearance to India to host international events," he added in a communique to IOC president Thomas Bach.