In a renewed threat, World Archery Federation (WAF) on Monday reminded the Indian sports authorities that the country’s archers could be banned from competing internationally if a prompt resolution to the dispute concerning the re-recognition of the Archery Association of India (AAI) is not worked out at the earliest.
The WAF’s threat earlier was around AAI’s failure to hold its elections. And now again the world federation has warned India against outside interference with regards to the draft of the amended archery constitution. The AAI’s Delhi High Court appointed administrator, SY Qureshi, has submitted the new draft to the Supreme Court. This draft bars public servants and more than 70 persons for being elected as office bearers in the AAI and its member associations.
December 22 has been announced as the election date for archery and December is the last date for state associations to submit the names of their representatives.
In a letter to sports secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, Indian Olymp ic Association president Narinder Batra and AAI’s office bearers, WAF secretary general Tom Dielen has slated some of the provisions of the amended constitution, “raises several questions in relation to good governance which is a requirement to stay as a member of the World Archery.”
According to the TOI, the letter further adds, “It has many concerns that the constitution has not been approved by the AAI and furthermore the composition of the delegates is decided by the people that have not been given a mandate by the archery community of India.
This actually from where the AAI has its main concern since the original sports code does not calls for ministers or public servants from getting elected as office bearers, apart from other code provisions.
With this, the hopes of India’s archers to see their national federation returning to normalcy, fails. The de-recognition over the violation of sports code in 2012 has received a great jolt, which does not give good signs about the future of Indian archery.
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