The International Olympic Committee lifted its ban on India Tuesday, marking the first time a suspension has been lifted during an active Olympic Games, according to the BBC.
The IOC suspended India in December 2012 after electing Abhay Chautala as president and Lalit Bhanot as secretary-general of the Indian Olympic Association. But both nominees were involved in corruption scandals, making them ineligible to be members of the IOC, according to Olympic charter regulation.
But over the weekend the Indian Olympic body held another vote for positions on its board and elected individuals who met the IOC’s criteria.
"It's time everyone understands that the Olympic charter is supreme," Randhir Singh, IOC member and former secretary-general of the Indian Olympic Association told The Associated Press. "It is important that sport is run well and tainted officials are kept out in a country of 1.2 billion in which 40 percent is youth."
This is good news for the three Indian Olympic athletes participating in the Olympics who could only participate in the world sports tournament as “independent Olympic participants,” entering the opening ceremony envoy of countries without their country’s flag.
"That enthusiasm wasn't there that I generally feel at the opening ceremony," Shiva Keshavan, an Indian luge competitor who has participated in every Winter Olympics since 1998, told the AP.
"You have a lot more behind you when you go with your country's flag," Keshavan said.
He also said his country’s reputation suffered when it was suspended from the games.
"When the Indian flag doesn't fly, people know that it's because of corruption and it's not a nice image for the country," Keshavan said.
Keshavan hopes that as Indian Olympic Association moves forward that it will continue to develop and leave the corruption in the past.
think all the athletes want to see change and want to see good governance,"