No flag is no problem for India’s Winter Olympian

NEW DELHI (AP) India’s top competitor at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi says not being able to compete under the national flag because of a political dispute will not harm his performance.

Luge competitor Shiva Kesavan tells The Associated Press in an email interview that in his ”heart and mind” he’s competing for India and that support from Indians around the world is enough to push him forward.

The Indian Olympic Association was banned in December 2012 for not adhering to its own constitution and for electing tainted officials.

Though the IOA has re-drafted its constitution as directed, the ban can be lifted only after the Winter Olympics, so the Indian flag will not be used at the games.