By Tom Degun
October 4 - The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) have been suspended by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) after being derecognised by the Indian Government but the country's top athletes may still be able to attend the London 2012 Paralympic Games via the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
The PCI was derecognised by the Government earlier this year for reasons ranging from elections to financial irregularities.
This resulted in a suspension from the IPC and a spokesperson for the organisation told insideworldparasport: "The reason why India is suspended is that one of the conditions of IPC membership is that they have to be recognised by the highest sporting authority in their country.
"Currently they are not and as a result are suspended."
The move looked set to harm India's top Paralympic athletes as the ban meant that they would be ineligible to participate in the London 2012 Paralympic qualifying events and therefore unable to compete in the Games in the English capital next year.
However, the Government have asked the IOA to take control of the situation and to field the top Paralympic athletes so that they can qualify for London 2012.
"I have asked IOA general secretary Randhir Singh if the IOA can field the Paralympic team with the PCI nowhere in picture," said the Sports Ministry's joint secretary Rahul Bhatnagar.
"Since the Para-athletes are not able to take part in any of the international events, which will affect their participation at London, the IOA has agreed to the proposal.
"The International Paralympic Committee doesn't find any issues in that regard.
"A number of para athletes have met me and they were all worried because they all wanted to know about the progress regarding their participation in the Paralympics.
"We will help them."
The Government has also directed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to start the national training camps for the Paralympic athletes as soon as possible to avoid any further delays.
The PCI secretary general Rathan Singh (pictured) claims his organisation is owned thousands of pounds by the Government and has called a meeting with Bhatnagar to sort out the issue.
"We have a meeting with the PCI officials next week and we will see how things can work out," said Bhatnagar.
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