Archery Association of India elections not recognised, informs world body

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01/17/2019

The World Archery has refused to recognise the recent elections of Archery Association of India which were held on December 22. The world body has raised questions over the constitution that was used to conduct the elections by saying that it was not formally approved before that.

The international governing body of archery – The World Archery (WA) has informed the newly-elected president of the national federation BVP Rao that it does not accept the results of the polls as these were conducted without any formal approval from the General Body. The decision by the world body might result in a suspension of the Archery Association of India (AAI). 

"...I regret to inform you that the World Archery Executive Board at this stage cannot accept the outcome of the General Assembly held on 22nd December and your election as president as well as the rest of the Board...," the world body said in a letter as per a PTI report.

The global body has informed that the decision was taken as the constitution that was used to conduct the elections was only accepted by the returning officer and "never formally approved." 

"We ask you to provide us the full minutes of the General Assembly (of December 22) for verification of the above matter before 25th January 2019. Following the receipt of the minutes the World Archery Executive Board will take a decision on the possible suspension of the Archery Association of India," the letter written by WA Secretary General Tom Dielen added.

Former Chief Election Commissioner of India S Y Quraishi was appointed an administrator by the Delhi High Court to supervise the elections in which former IAS officer Rao was elected. It was a controversial election as it ended Vijay Malhotra’s four-decade-long tenure since 1973. Now after the decision of the world body, the AAI office-bearers will not be able to select the archers for various international events. The AAI was de-recognised by the government earlier in 2012 as well. 

"We have also been informed that this matter has been raised to the High Court which will decide on this in February. We ask you to inform us as soon as possible on the outcome," the letter by the World Archery read.

Meanwhile, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had also written a letter informing the world body that it does not recognise the elections of the Indian federation held on December 22.

"The amended constitution that formed the basis of the basis of the election of AAI held on 22 December 2018 does not have the approval of the AAI General Body. Further the amended constitution is not on lines with National Sports Development Code of India 2011," said the letter written by the IOA to World Archery.

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