AFI to stop non-campers from selection meets

The Athletics Federation of India has decided that athletes who skip national camps will not allowed to take part in its selection meets for international competitions.

“Athletes who have been invited for national camps are not supposed to go abroad for training. And if they do, they will not be allowed to take part in selection meets,” C.K. Valson, the AFI Secretary, said.   -  The Hindu

The Athletics Federation of India has decided that athletes who skip national camps will not allowed to take part in its selection meets for international competitions. The decision was taken at its AGM in New Delhi on Sunday. The Commonwealth Games in Australia and Asian Games in Indonesia will be held next year.

“Athletes who have been invited for national camps are not supposed to go abroad for training. And if they do, they will not be allowed to take part in selection meets,” C.K. Valson, the AFI Secretary, told Sportstar on Sunday evening. “If they are not in national camps, if they are training somewhere else, they can come and participate.”

The AFI had said earlier this year that athletes who are not in national camps would not be included in the Indian team. But it virtually scrapped this rule later, allowing many non-campers in the Indian team for the Asian championships in Bhubaneswar. Many of them joined the national camp just a few days before the Asians.
 

PUDUCHERRY, MANIPUR SUSPENDED

The AFI has also suspended Puducherry, Manipur and Nagaland associations for not being active while the Punjab association (PAA) has been handed a three-month suspension for skipping the two-day AGM. The general body also passed a resolution directing the Maharashtra association to conduct fresh elections within a month for skipping the AGM and for poor functioning of the State unit.

“There is no athletics activity in Puducherry, Manipur and Nagaland and despite telling these State units many times, nothing is being done,” said Adille Sumariwalla, the AFI President. “Punjab has been suspended for missing the AGM and there were many complaints regarding the way the North Zone meet was conducted by the PAA in Tarantaran in October.

“Similarly, Maharashtra state body is not functioning in a transparent manner according to the general house and members of the house called for fresh elections.”