The Archery Association of India (AAI) confirmed about its legal action against the Dutch airlines KLM who failed to migrate the Indian archery team to Colombia for the Archery World Cup Stage I in Medellin. As a result of the overdeal, the archers were unable to compete in the major event.
With the selection being confirmed after the trials in Bhubaneswar on March 18, the AAI said that it got the support from Sports Ministry for financial assistance and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for the tour and got visas for all 23 members of the Indian side.
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Archery Association of India plans to sue KLM Dutch airline for India's no show at the Medellin World Cup
AAI further said that the tickets were booked for KLM Airlines by the travel agent, Balmer Lawrie, and Co. But they could not get the connecting flight from Amsterdam to Medellin due to the delay in an incoming flight. They expressed its helplessness and managed some alternative arrangement.
An AAI official told that the AAI officials, senior SAI officers, and the travel agents tried their best during the weekend to book some other route for the team but could not succeed as the flights were full due to Easter weekend. Therefore, the trip got canceled and the World Archery and local organizers of the World Cup in Columbia were informed about the situation.
He has also stated to take legal action against the KLM as they are responsible for the failure for the team’s transfer. Therefore, AAI is very serious about the decision to sue the airlines for the reputation damage they caused and the loss of participation of the Indian archers in a crucial competition.
Started in 2006, the Archery World Cup is a prestigious competition, organized by the World Archery Federation (WAF) in which the archers compete in 4 different stages in 4 different countries. The best 8 archers from each category then advance to an additional stage to contest in the Archery World Cup Final.