Olympic Games Current Affairs - 2020

IOA adopts new Branding & Visual Identity on Completion of 100 years of Participation by Indian Athletes at the Olympic Games

On the occasion of completion of 100 years of participation of Indian athletes at the Olympic Games, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has adopted a new branding and visual identity on 6th July 2020.

The new branding and visual identity also include an institutional and commercial logo of the Indian Olympic Association. The new logos will mark the contributions of the Indian Athletes from across the country, passionate work of these athletes over the period of last 100 years have today helped in building a Team India under the Indian Olympic Association.

Background

In the 1920 Summer Olympics at Belgium’s Antwerp, India sent its first Olympic team. 3 Athletes and 2 Wrestlers represented India in the 1920 Olympic Summer Games.

India’s Randhir Shindes came close to winning the first medal in the Olympic Games for India as he lost the Bronze Medal Match Men’s Freestyle Featherweight event.

New Logos to be launched on 15th August

Narendra Batra (President of IOA) and Rajeev Mehta (Secretary-General of IOA) during the announcement of the new logos stated that the at the world stage when the Indian Athletes represent the country, the logo is the symbol that these Athletes carry with pride and dignity. The new logos have been designed in such a way that the logos will further determine the proud celebration of Tiranga and the value of unity, friendship, and merit.

The new institutional and commercial logo has been approved by the International Olympic Committee. The new logos were unveiled on 6th July 2020 but the Indian Olympic Association has planned to conduct a special event for the launch of the new logos on the Independence Day on 15th August 2020.

Asian Championship Winner Gomathi Marimuthu stripped off Medal

The Asian Championship Gold medal winner Gomathi Marimuthu has been stripped off the medal and also banned from sport activities for 4 years. The 31-year old athlete had tested positive for anabolic steroid Nandrolene at the 2019 Asian Championship.

Highlights

Gomathi Marimuthu is an Indian field runner hailing from Tamil Nadu. She won her first gold medal in women’s 800 metre race at the 2019 Asian Athletics Championship that was held in Doha, Qatar. The athlete has been stripped off her gold medal for doping.

With the announcement made by the Asian Integrity Unit, all the achievements of Gomathi between March, 2019 and May 2019 stays annulled. However, the athlete shall appeal against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The AIU made the announcement after her blood sample turned positive for nadrolone.

Nadrolone

Nadrolone is a steroid. It is used in the treatment of anemias, osteoporosis, cachexia, breast cancer, etc.

Court of Arbitration for Sport

It is an international quasi-judicial body that was established to settle disputes related to arbitration. The headquarters of the court is located in Lausanne, Switzerland. Temporary courts are established in Olympic host cities.