The Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is reporting today that the International Paralympic Commitee (IPC) may authorize the Sports Authority of India to send Indian competitors to IPC sanctioned events. The Ministry also said it is possible the IPC may authorize them to form adhoc committee. This would be different from the situation in 2011, when the Indian Olympic Committee stepped into that role to allow Indians to qualify for the 2012 Summer Paralympics following the suspension of the Paralympic Committee of India by both the Government of India and the IPC.
The Sports Authority of India option would be an interim option as they are an autonomous body of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. At the moment, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is trying to lobby the IPC to create an adhoc committee that would temporarily replace the PCI. The Government of India would then provide suggestions to the IPC on its formation.
The PCI was suspended by the IPC on last Wednesday, and by the Government of India earlier today after the PCI failed to respond to their demands for an explanation last Thursday.