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Pakistan avoids IOC suspension

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Pakistan avoided suspension from the International Olympic Committee after the government stopped interfering in its affairs, reports Insidethegames.com.

​The IOC had threatened to boot Pakistan from the organization if the government failed to follow the Olympic Charter and unless it complied with rules banning government interference.

There had been different Olympic governing bodies in Pakistan since at least February 2012. Under IOC guidelines, the independence of elected sports officials is guaranteed.

By avoiding a ban, Pakistan is now scheduled to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow starting July 23. 

The IOC said that Pakistan confirmed its commitment by respected the Olympic Charter and the "autonomy of the Olympic Movement in the country."

"The Executive Board took note with great satisfaction of the very positive developments pertaining to the Pakistan Olympic Association and appreciates all the efforts made by the Pakistani Government to resolve the situation in which the autonomy of the POA and the Olympic Movement in Pakistan had been seriously jeopardised," the IOC said in a statement.

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