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Athletes back to India from indy in Sochi Games

SOCHI, Russia — Shiva Keshavan and two other athletes are going from indy to India at the Sochi Games.

They entered the Winter Olympics without acknowledgement of their home nation, but will leave with its flag flying in the athletes' village and hopes for better sports governance at home.

"You have a lot more behind you when you go with your country's flag," Keshavan told The Associated Press.

The IOC executive board reinstated the Indian Olympic body Tuesday after it held a weekend ballot that complied with ethics rules barring corruption-tainted officials from running for election. That cleared the way for Keshavan and two more Indian athletes to compete under their national flag for the rest of the Sochi Games.

During the opening ceremony last week, they entered Fisht Stadium as "independent Olympic participants," after talking in the entrance tunnel about the embarrassing situation for the world's second most populous nation, Keshavan said.

India was suspended in December 2012 for electing scandal-tainted Abhay Chautala as president and Lalit Bhanot as secretary-general. Bhanot spent 10 months in jail on corruption charges stemming from the organization of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, while Chautala is charged in a recruitment scam not related to sport. Both men deny any wrongdoing.