The day also witnessed the Special General Body Meeting (SGBM) which was held just prior to the AGBM.
Besides, Patel, the AGBM and SGBM were held in the presence of AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das, Vice-Presidents Subrata Dutta, KMI Mather, Larsing Sawyan, Subhash Chopra, Treasurer Hardev Jadeja, AIFF Executive Committee Members and Member Associations.
Shaji Prabhakaran, FIFA Regional Developmental Officer, South and Central Asia and IMG-R representatives Ashu Jindal and Priti Srivastava later graced the meeting for the AGBM.
The SGBM was held to make amendments into the AIFF Constitution as per the directions given by the government of India which were unanimously passed by all. Keeping it in consonance with the Sports Code guidelines, the Constitution was thus amended:
"...The President, the Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer and the Members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by the General Body for a period of four years, however, the President and the Treasurer shall cease to hold that post on attaining 70 years of age..."
It was also amended as such:
"...The President may hold the office for a maximum period of twelve years with or without break.
The Treasurer may serve a maximum of two successive terms of four years each after which a minimum cooling off period of four years will apply to seek fresh election..."
AIFF President Praful Patel in his address for the Special General Body Meeting said: "Keeping in mind the best practices which we should follow, we have some amendments to make. There are certain principles to be adopted by us in view of the directives from the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs."
"We are a National Sports Federation and therefore we have to follow the guidelines of the Ministry and the Government of India from time to time. Keeping all the issues in mind we have adopted the necessary changes which to bring our Constitution in line with the Sports Code," the President added.
Patel said: "There were certain anomalies in our Constitution which needed to be changed as was proposed by Mr. (Subrata) Dutta. Now our Constitution has absolute clarity."
The President also laid stress on the three important years from 2015 to 2017 when apart from hosting the prestigious FIFA U-17 World Cup India may get also the right to host the Club World Cup.
"We are officially bidding for the Club World Cup in January 2014," Patel said.
Sara Pilot, AIFF Executive Committee Member and Chairperson of Women's Committee, provided an insight into Women's Football via a detailed presentation.
--IBNS (Posted on 20-12-2013)