IOC suspends Ghana's national Olympic committee

January 13, 2011 14:41

LAUSANNE, Switzerland  — The IOC suspended Ghana's national Olympic committee for government interference, leaving the African country's athletes in danger of missing the 2012 London Games.

The International Olympic Committee executive board took the decision Thursday after months of fruitless negotiations with Ghanaian officials.Several IOC board members told The Associated Press of the decision. They spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement later.

The suspension means Ghana's 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.

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