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    Default What Does Missing the Olympics Mean To Ghana with IOC's Ban ?

    The suspension means Ghana's national Olympic committee will no longer receive IOC funding, its officials are banned from attending any Olympic events and Ghana's athletes are barred from competing in the Olympics.

    The sanctions could be lifted if Ghana complies with IOC rules and can guarantee the complete independence of the national body, which has been in turmoil since a disputed presidential election in 2009.

    The IOC has complained that the Ghanaian government is appointing the presidents of national sports federations.

    If the country does not compete in London, the worst hit sportsmen could be Ghana's footballers. The Under-20 team are current world champions.

    The senior national side also reached the final of last year's Africa Cup of Nations and the quarter-finals of the World Cup in South Africa.
    In December, football's governing body FIFA called on the Ghanaian government to stop meddling with the sport's administration.

    Last year, the IOC suspended the Kuwaiti Olympic committee in another row over political interference.

    Panama has also been threatened with suspension, but its government has been given a week to resolve its dispute with the Games body. — BBC
    Last edited by MegaMeister; 17th January 2011 at 07:46 PM.

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