World Archery decision on AAI fate to be announced Monday

World Archery could suspend Archery Association of India for violation of democratic rules in electing two parallel bodies.

The Archery Association of India could be suspended by World Archery but there is no confirmation yet. (Representative Image)   -  AFP

The suspense over the fate of Archery Association of India (AAI) will end only on Monday as the world body remained tight-lipped on the outcome of the executive board meeting in the Netherlands on the sidelines of the World Championships.

The AAI could be suspended by the World Archery but there is no confirmation yet.

With medal rounds at the World Championships set for the weekend, the WA chose to stay mum on the meeting, which took place at Den Bosch last night, so that the archers stay focused on the competition.

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“No comment until Monday because we will not take any attention away from the athletes shooting in the world championships this weekend,” a WA official told PTI, hinting towards a possibility of a harsh decision in response to AAI’s violation of democratic rules in electing two parallel bodies.

Incidentally, Indian men’s recurve team are fighting for gold, advancing into the final for the first time after 14 years. It will face China on Sunday.

WA had threatened immediate suspension for AAI and also tried to intervene by sending vice-president Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapol as the “mediator” to have an unified election.

But all the talks to bring the two factions together failed as the faction groups went ahead with dual elections in New Delhi and Chandigarh to unanimously elect two presidents -- Union Minister Arjun Munda and retired IAS officer BVP Rao.

The 15-member executive board comprises president Prof Dr Ugur Erdener, first vice president, three vice presidents, eight other members including the chairperson of the athletes committee and the secretary general and chairperson of the Constitution and Rules Committee as ex-officio members.

In a similar case, the WA had in October 2018 suspended one of its founding members, Polish Archery Federation, for a failure in governance and election practices. The action was recommended by the Board of Justice and Ethics and unanimously enforced by the Executive Board on 15 October 2018.

During the period of suspension, Polish athletes were permitted to compete in events that do not require national team registration such as the Indoor Archery World Series. PAF's suspension however was lifted on February 25 this year.