Govt cracks whip, de-recognises boxing, archery bodies

Jitendra Singh

Close on the heels of International Boxing Association provisionally suspending the Indian Federation, the Sports Ministry also suspended recognition to the IABF, citing "flawed and faulty" elections.

While Archery Association of India's recognition is suspended with immediate effect for "violating the age and tenure guidelines" of the government's Sports Code during its elections last month.

This was announced by the Sports Minister Jitendra Singh, who said the IABF election held in September were in "violation of the procedure laid down in the Sports Code."

"IABF has been suspended primarily on grounds that elections were flawed and faulty and the nomination time given was very less. When the nomination did not come in, people were just picked from the house. We have given them 15 days time to confirm that they would hold a re-election," said the Minister.

The September elections saw incumbent President Abhay Sinhg Chautala being made the nominated chairman, replaced by his brother-in-law and BJP MLA from Rajasthan Abhishek Matoria, 29, as President.

The Ministry listed the flaws in the election in a detailed statement.

"The publication of the electoral roll was flawed because it was not possible for the electoral roll to be dispatched to members by post prior to the last date for filing of nominations and merely publishing on the website is not considered sufficient notice or information to all members," it said.

Government de-recognises AAI for age and tenure violations

"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," Sports Minister Jitendra Singh told reporters during a press conference here.

"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.

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