KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The reinstatement of the Indian Olympic Association during the Sochi Games meant more to Alpine skier Himanshu Thakur than just a chance to compete under his nation's flag.
It meant he was provided with skis, boots and poles for next week's giant slalom race.
"Two days after (the reinstatement), they gave us money and now I have equipment," Thakur said during a training session at Rosa Khutor.
The International Olympic Committee's executive board reinstated the Indian Olympic body this week after it held a weekend election that complied with rules barring corruption-tainted officials from seeking office. That cleared the way for Thakur and two more Indian athletes to compete under their national flag for the rest of the Sochi Games.
IOC suspended the Olympic organization from the world's second most populous nation in December 2012 after it elected scandal-tainted Abhay Chautala as president and Lalit Bhanot as secretary-general. Bhanot spent 10 months in jail on corruption charges stemming from the organization of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, while Chautala is charged in a recruitment scam not related to sport.