The Indian Archery is in for another round of anonymity as the World Archery Federation (WAF) has again warned the Indian sports authorities of mending their ways in concern with the re-recognition of the Archery Association of India (AAI).
The WAF, earlier too, had issued a threat to the AAI for its failure to hold elections. And now, the world body has cautioned against external meddling with regards to the plan of the modified archery constitution. SY Qureshi, who is AAI’s Delhi High Court-appointed overseer, has put forward the new constitution to the Supreme Court, which prohibits public servants and 70 years plus persons from being voted as office bearers in the AAI and its member associations, besides a 33% representation of archers in the federation’s Executive Council, among other projected clauses.
It seems that the country’s archers could face further trouble as they could be barred from contending at international level, if a timely decision to the row concerning the re-recognition of the Archery body wasn’t worked out at the earliest, after it was out with de-recognition imposed for 6 years, over a violation of sports code in 2012.court-appointedsupervisor, Qureshi has also declared 22nd December as the voting date for archery body elections, with December 7 being the last date for state federations to propose the names of their representatives.
WAF secretary general Tom Dielen wrote a scathing letter to the sports secretary, Rahul Bhatnagar, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Dhruv Batra and AAI’s office bearers and has mentioned that some of the provisions of the modified charter “raise several questions in connection to good governance which is a prerequisite to continuing as a member of the World Archery.”
The letter also stated that the Constitution as such has not been agreed by the AAI and, moreover, the composition of the delegates is determined by people who have not been given a go-ahead by the Indian archery body.
The framed constitution mainly focuses on the revised draft of the sports code and Justice Lodha recommendations, which were made in the BCCI’s case. However, this is where the AAI has its main grievance since the original sports code nowhere calls for a restriction on ministers or public servants from getting elected as NSF office-bearers, apart from other Code provisions.
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