Sports ministry de-recognises AAI, suspends IABF
The Union Sports Ministry on Friday de-recognised the Archery Association of India (AAI) with immediate effect and suspended the recognition of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF).
Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh said that AAI elections held Nov 9 were in violation of the Sports Code and common practice and the nomination process of the IABF elections, held Sept 23, was flawed.
"The President elect (V.K.Malhotra) of the Archery Association of India has served for more than three consecutive terms in the past and is also above the age of 70 years," said Singh.
Singh said that the Delhi High Court in its Civil Writ Petition No.195/2010 dated Feb 15 and Sep 17 had directed that the Government shall not grant recognition to the AAI unless they hold elections as per the Sports Code.
"In view of the directions of the High Court, the Government has no option but to withdraw the recognition of the AAI. They have been advised to hold fresh elections for the post of president, in conformity with the Sports Code. They have also been requested to amend their constitution to bring it in conformity with the Sports Code and Olympic Charter. This would help avoid such conflicts in future," he said.
The overnment funding for the AAI will stop immediately. The Government is contemplating interim measures, by which athletes are not affected.
The Government will also open a dialogue with the international body to ensure that participation of Indian athletes is not hampered in any way.
Singh said IABF have also been gicen 15 days to hold fresh elections and till then their recognition stands suspended.
"The publication of the electoral roll was flawed because it was not possible for the electoral roll to be dispatched to members by post prior to the last date for filing of nominations and merely publishing on the website is not considered sufficient notice or information to all members," said Singh.
"Members were not given sufficient time to file nominations as the gap between the finalization of the electoral roll and the filing of nomination was too short to allow people to travel large distances and file nominations personally.
"Nominations of candidates were taken from the floor of the House on a date which was after last date of nomination and this is not permissible," said Singh.