Vijay Malhotra's, a veteran sports administrator on archery, has finally ended his more than four decade long stranglehold on the sport post the much-awaited and controversial elections of the derecognised Archery Association of India (AAI). The elections took place on December 22.
BVP Rao, national convenor of the Clean Sports India (CSI) movement, was chosen the new president of the AAI. He defeated his nearest rival from Tripura, Rupak Debroy, by 13 votes. Rao polled 49 votes while Debroy could garner 36 votes in a total electoral college of 85 members.
Rao was one of the seven advisors with the status of a cabinet minister in the Telengana state government before resigning from his post to contest the AAI elections.
It’s been learnt some of the disgruntled state archery associations, still pledging allegiance to Malhotra & Co, may approach the court to challenge certain provisions of the constitution, including the one on public servants and granting voting rights to associate members and individual archers.
However, it most unlikely that the sports ministry will oppose the election results and the constitution. They, at most, may like to apprise the court about certain provisions in the constitution which are not in consonance with its own existing national sports code of 2011.
In addition, it is speculated that the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has denied to recognise the elections and passed a resolution in this regard during its annual General Body Meeting (GBM).
Elected office bearers: President: BVP Rao, senior vice-president: Sunil Sharma, vice-president: Rajendar Singh Tomar, secretary: Maha Singh, treasurer: D K Vidyarthi, joint secretary: Manoj Kumar and joint secretary (archer): Dhulchand Damor.
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega