New Delhi, Dec 7 (IBNS) The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports on Friday de-recognized Archery Association of India (AAI), the national governing body of archery in India.
"The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has de-recognized Archery Association of India (AAI) with immediate effect," said Jitendra Singh at a press conference here on Friday.
"The Archery Association of India held its elections on 09.11.2012. While the procedures adopted in the elections were in conformity with the procedures laid down in the Sports Code and common practice, the Archery Association has violated the age and tenure restrictions prescribed in the Sports Code," said Singh.
"The President elect of the Archery Association of India has served for more than three consecutive terms in the past and is also above the age of 70 years," he said.
The Minister said, "The High Court in its Civil Writ Petition No.195/2010 dated 15.02.2012 and 17.09.2012 had directed that the Government shall not grant recognition to the Archery Association of India unless they hold elections as per the Sports Code. In view of the directions of the High Court, the Government has no option but to withdraw the recognition of the Archery Association of India."
He said the Archery Association of India has been advised to hold fresh elections for the post of President, in conformity with the Sports Code.
"They have also been requested to amend their constitution to bring it in conformity with the Sports Code and Olympic Charter. This would help avoid such conflicts in future," said Singh.
He said the impact of de-recognition will be that government funding for the Archery Association of India will stop immediately.
"Nor will assistance to hold national and regional championships be available. The Government is contemplating interim measures, by which athletes are not affected. The Government will also open a dialogue with the international body to ensure that participation of Indian athletes is not hampered in any way," Singh said.