Last week, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that they had temporarily unsuspended the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) for the exclusive purpose of allowing Indian Paralympians to compete at the 2016 Summer Paralympics under the flag of their own nation.
The Paralympic Committee of India is currently being headed by Rao Inderjit Singh. He is a BJP Member of Parliament and has served as India’s Minister of State of Defence. Singh was one of the leaders of three different factions that were battling for control of the PCI in May 2015. J Chandrasekhar is the Secretary General of the current PCI, and was with the PCI at the time the organization was suspended by the IPC. While the PCI may be unsuspended, the Sport Authority of India (SAI) will ultimately make the decision regarding team selection for India, with all the PCI’s nominations needing to be approved by them.
During this period where the PCI is unsuspended, the IPC has given them time and is providing assistance to allow the Indians to implement required reforms to become compliant with IPC rules. If the PCI is able to make these changes, their suspension should be fully lifted following the Rio Games. If they fail to comply, they will again be suspended.
The IPC made their decision after consulting with Sport Authority of India (SAI), Indian Ministry of Youth and Sport and the PCI at a meeting in Bonn, Germany.