A new clause aimed at ensuring the Olympics are free from any form discrimination will be included in future Games host city contracts after the Sochi 2014 Olympics were marred by a controversial Russian anti-gay propaganda law.
Future Olympic bidders may have to abide by a specific anti-discrimination rule modelled on the Olympic Charter`s Principle 6 if they are to be awarded the Games, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday.
Athletes at the Winter Olympics may be punished for making statements on the podium against Russia`s anti-gay laws or human rights record but can do so at news conferences without fear of sanction, the IOC said.
The International Olympic Committee today said that it decided to ban India as its Olympic body had failed to comply with Olympic Charter and also allowed fielding a tainted official for a top post in the elections.
Indian Olympic Association has pledged firm commitment to Olympic Charter and to fight against government interference in the wake of its parent body`s threat of disaffiliation if it goes ahead with its upcoming elections under Sports Ministry guidelines.
The International Olympic Committee has rejected the decision to hold the upcoming elections of Indian Olympic Association under Sports Code of the government and made it clear that the polls will have to be held "exclusively" under the Olympic Charter and the IOA constitution.