The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has lifted the provisional ban on India barring them to host Olympic events on Thursday. The decision comes after assurances from the Indian Olympic Association that they will allow athletes from all the nations to arrive in the country.
“The IOC Executive Board has examined the situation at its meeting today and understands that, with this letter, the principle of non-discrimination of athletes and teams participating in any future international sports events in India will be fully respected, so that all eligible athletes and sporting delegations, as determined by the international sports organizations concerned, will be allowed to enter the country and participate in any such international sports events irrespective of their country of origin,” IOC wrote in a letter addressed to the IOA.
India received flak from all across the world when they refused to grant visas to two Pakistani shooters in Delhi for the ISSF Shooting World Cup. The two Olympic berths which were at stake in the event were scrapped and India got a provisional ban from IOC.
Before that, a Kosovo boxer was denied visa in the Women’s World Boxing Championships because India doesn’t consider Kosovo as a separate country.