(ATR) India could be punished for withdrawing two teams from the Asian Games at the last minute.
After presenting the Olympic Council of Asia with a preliminary list of athletes, India decided not to send its rugby sevens and beach volleyball teams to Incheon.
Reports in Indian media outlets say that OCA will levy a $10,000 fine against the Indian Olympic Association in response.
An OCA spokesperson toldAround the Ringsthat a decision on the withdrawal would not come until the next OCA Executive Board meeting in Phuket, Thailand on November 14.
"It’s not about the money, but the fact that India has been ticked off is more disconcerting," an anonymous source told The Hindustan Times.
At issues is a reported conflict between the IOA and the sports ministry, raising questions about the size of the country's delegation. The IOA delayed notifying the sports ministry about the full number of athletes they planned to send, resulting in some disciplines being dropped.
When the IOA confirmed the final contingent, OCA had already set the draw for both events, causing last minute rescheduling and logistical changes.
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Written by Aaron Bauer
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