After ensuring that there is 'no threat of suspension' from World Archery, and the Archery Association of India (AAI) is in good standing, the national federation has decided to streamline the domestic calendar and re-introduce prize money ranking tournaments.
“We have negotiated with NTPC, we will have five prize money ranking tournaments after the next Nationals (in December). This year we have to do both Nationals for 2018 and 2019. January, February and March will be for the ranking tournaments. We are doing a test ranking event in one or two months. It will give us an idea about how we do our five ranking tournaments next year,” AAI president B.V.P. Rao told Sportstar .
The newly-elected AAI put out a national calendar within two months and followed the models of the US, France among other countries to start a transparent selection process.
“I was told there were certain practices in the past with the senior archers conceding some matches so their friends come in the team in the Olympic round. So we tried to prevent that as much as possible by giving bonus points for good scores and penalty for bad scores. We will tighten it further,” said Rao.
The AAI is contemplating introduction of a system to oversee coaching camps. “A bit of indiscipline has crept into senior archers in the camps, I believe. Some people go out of the camp without permission. I have already started finding out but till the World championships I don't want to take any radical decision.
“Once we bring out the calendar for next year, we will set up a monitoring committee for the coaching camps. We have already constituted an ethics and disciplinary committee.”
Rao acknowledged the need to improve capacity building of coaches, technical staff and overhauling of the federation's website.
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