Independent Athletes

At the 2014 Sochi Olympics opening ceremony, three athletes from India marched under the Olympic flag as Independent Athletes (Independent Olympic Participants). This is because at the time the Indian Olympic Association was suspended by the IOC.

The atheletes were Shiva Keshavan in luge, cross country skier Nadeem Iqbal and Alpine skier Himanshu Thakur.

However, the IOC subsequently lifted the country's suspension, in time for Nadeem Iqbal and Himanshu Thakur to compete under their nation's flag, and all three walked behind the Indian flag at the Closing Ceremony. Therefore it was only luge athlete Shiva Keshavan who competed as an Independent Athlete.

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