After being suspended by the IOC last December for failing to comply with the Olympic Charter, India is on the road back to the Games.
The IOA has agreed, during a meeting at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne Wednesday, to hold new elections and a new Annual General Meeting.
“It was a good and fruitful meetings so far,” a top official told the PTI. “We are hopeful of an early solution to the issues. A roadmap is being drawn for India’s return to the Olympic fold.”
The ban, put in affect after corrupt official Lalit Bhanot was elected secretary-general, meant the IOC would cease funding the IOA and that no athletes would be able to compete in the Games under the Indian flag.
A delegation including Indian Sports Minister Jitendra Singh, Sports Secretary P K Deb, and Beijing gold medal shooter Abhinav Bindra, among others, is still working out the details with the IOC. But everything seems to be going well despite the fact that the acting IOA President V K Malhotra and IOC member Randhir Singh chose to boycott the meeting at the last second.
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.