Olympics: Indian flag raised in Sochi after ban lifted

IOA president Narayna Ramachandran (R) and Indian Olympic athletes attend an Indian flag raising ceremony at the mountain Olympic Village of Rosa Khutor during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 16, 2014. The International Olympic Committee reversed a 14-month ban against India imposed over corruption concerns, ending an embarrassing debacle that allows its athletes to compete under their national flag in Sochi.

ROSA KHUTOR - The Indian flag was raised at the Sochi Winter Games on Sunday in a symbol of the country's return to the Olympic fold after the lifting of a ban imposed over corruption concerns.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday ended the 14-month ban, reinstating India with immediate effect.

It meant the handful of Indian athletes competing at the Games are able to do so under their national flag and they will be able to walk behind their flag at the closing ceremony.

The Indian flag was raised at a ceremony at the Rosa Khutor mountain cluster Olympic Village, at a ceremony attended by newly elected Indian Olympic Association President N. Ramachandran and Indian athletes including veteran luger Shiva Keshava.