The suspension was lifted by the IOC Executive Board at its meeting today ©Getty Images

International Federations are free to award events to India after a suspension on the country hosting major competitions was lifted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board today.

The decision was widely expected after the Indian Government provided assurances to the IOC that it will grant athletes from all nations visas to enter the country.

The guarantees were made by sports secretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya in a letter sent to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and copied to IOC President Thomas Bach.

It effectively ends any chance of India's bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games being derailed, providing the Government fulfills its promise.

India has also said it will enter the race for the 2026 Summer Youth Olympics and Asian Games in 2030.

In the letter, Julaniya promises the Government will allow competitors from all countries, including Pakistan, into India to compete in sporting events "without any prejudice to our principled positions and policies on other political matters".

It came after two Pakistani athletes were refused visas for the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi earlier this year following a Pakistani militant group claiming responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing in Pulwama in Kashmir on February 14, which killed 40 members of the Indian police force.

India has said it will bid for the 2032 Summer Olympic Games ©Getty Images
India has said it will bid for the 2032 Summer Olympic Games ©Getty Images

The IOC Executive Board "decided to lift the suspension of discussions with the IOA and Government regarding potential applications for such events, and of the recommendation to the IFs not to award nor hold sports events in India" at its meeting today.

The decision was communicated to the IOA President Batra by James Macleod, director of Olympic Solidarity and National Olympic Committee relations at the IOC.

The letter was copied to Indian IOC member Nita Ambani, all International Federations and the Association of National Olympic Committees.

In February, the IOC told International Federations to "neither award nor hold sports events in India" until guarantees on the "entry of all participants in such events in full compliance with the rules of the Olympic Charter" are received.

Governing bodies such as the International Hockey Federation have hosted events in India since the suspension was initiated but they have only taken place once the required guarantees were given.

The incident involving the Pakistan shooters came after the Indian Government denied Kosovo's Donjeta Sadiku a visa to enter the country for last year's International Boxing Association Women's World Championships as it does not recognise the nation.