World Archery warns AAI of suspension, suggests June 24 as new poll date

World Archery has warned the Archery Association of India of “immediate suspension” if it goes ahead with two separate elections on June 9.


The suspension means the Indian team competing in the World Championships will be able to compete under a World Archery flag and not the national flag. [Representative Image]   -  AP

World Archery (WA) has said that it will immediately suspend the Archery Association of India (AAI) if its two factions go ahead with different elections in Delhi and Chandigarh on June 9.

After the Supreme Court set aside the AAI’s new constitution, struck down its elections and ordered fresh elections, the two factions have remained at loggerheads.

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WA and World Archery Asia (WAA) have expressed strong reservations over the announcement of two elections. “Not only does this contravene any type of good governance (sic) it is simply violating any democratic rule since not all officially mandated delegates can be in two locations at the same time. It is therefore both WA and WAA’s position that should (sic) such dual election take place, the results will not be recognised for either election by WA,” said WA Secretary General Tom Dielen in a letter.

“It is clear that (sic) certain different interpretations on who is supposed to organise the elections from the Hon. Supreme Court decision led to this situation,” the letter stated.

WA said in case the AAI got suspended for dual elections, then “the Indian team competing in the World championships would only be able to compete under a WA Flag and not Indian flag.”

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WA and WAA have appointed WAA vice-president Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapol as the mediator in the matter and suggested that he “tries to meet the parties” on June 7 in Delhi. “The purpose of this meeting would be to cancel both elections and hold a new election on June 24.”

WA expected both factions to respect the outcome of the unified election and “commit a gentlemen’s agreement that they will not challenge the decision” in court. 

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