Abhinav Bindra, an Olympic shooting competitor and delegate at an International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting with Indian sporting officials, says that the body is worried about the country’s governance of sport.
The meeting, which took place today at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, was scheduled to reconcile the two parties, who disagree on the management and organisation of Indian sports and the country’s heavy government involvement in key decisions and elections.
Bindra told an Indian television news channel that the "IOC is worried about ethics and governance in Indian sports. They feel discredited persons should not be part of IOA [Indian Olympic Association]. I also share the same view.”
Commenting on whether the IOC will lift its suspension of the IOA, Bindra said: "I won't know when that will happen. I was here to give my views on the matter and I have done that. I wanted to let IOC know how we need reforms in our sports administration. The IOC also understands that governance is the main problem. I am positive the suspension will be revoked."