AAI gets back Govt. recognition after eight years

AAI President Arjun Munda, also the Union Tribal Affairs Minister, welcomed the decision and said it would encourage Indian archers to perform better.

The decision will give the much-needed morale boost to the AAI ahead of the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)   -  GETTY IMAGES

The Archery Association of India (AAI) on Wednesday got back the Government recognition after almost eight years.

The Union Sports Ministry informed its decision to the AAI, which was suspended on December 7, 2012 due to “failure to conduct its elections in accordance with the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011.”

Following years of internal disputes, the AAI elections conducted on January 18 this year – in which Arjun Munda (president), Pramod Chandurkar (secretary) and R.S. Tomar (treasurer) were elected – got the Sports Ministry’s approval.

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Earlier, World Archery and the Indian Olympic Association had given their approval.

The Ministry said elections of P.B. War Nongbri (vice-president), K.B. Gurung and Kumjum Riba (both joint secretaries) “have not been in accordance to the provisions of Sports Code” and advised AAI to “ask these officials to demit office.”

It also advised AAI to incorporate “such provisions of the Sports Code which do not have any referral in its constitution.”

Munda, also the Union Tribal Affairs Minister, welcomed the decision and said it would encourage Indian archers to perform better.

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