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Athletes anxious following IOA's suspension

IANS  New Delhi, December 04, 2012
First Published: 19:42 IST(4/12/2012) | Last Updated: 19:47 IST(4/12/2012)

Top athletes were quick to share there disappointment after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) due to government interference.

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Shooter Abhinav Bindra, India's sole individual gold medallist at the Olympics, tweeted: "Bye Bye IOA, hope to see u again soon, hopefully cleaner!"

Boxer MC Mary Kom, who won a bronze at the London Olympics, said it would be difficult for her to compete without knowing the fate of Indian sports.

"I do not know much about this (suspension). I don't have a good feeling about this. I will not be able to give my 100% without the Indian flag," said Mary Kom, suggesting India's possible exclusion from the major sporting events.

Veteran tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi had this to say: "So I got banned, now the IOA gets banned, they says things like these normally happen in three's.. Wonder what's next!!"

 

Former Indian cricekter Bishan Singh Bedi asked on his twitter page: "What is worse -IOA, IOC or IPL?! Please come forward with constructive response. Remember the sportspersons' involvement is strictly at stake. Thanks."

 

With the suspension, India is now in a dubious list that includes Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

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