International Gymnastics Federation recognises new national governing body

The FIG accepts the results of the elections held on November 5 to determine the president and the secretary-general of the Gymnastics Federation of India.

Representative Image: The GFI was de-recognised by the Sports Ministry in 2012 but after the November 5 elections, it is expected to get back the recognition.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has granted recognition to the governing body of the sport in the country after accepting the results of its recent elections.

Earlier this month, former Competition Commission of India chairman Sudhir Mital and Shantikumar Singh were elected as president and general secretary, respectively, of the Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI), bringing an end to the long-drawn factionalism in the sport.

Returning officer S. K. Mendiratta declared Mital and Shantikumar elected unopposed in the elections held at the Indian Olympic Association headquarters. Observers from the FIG, Sports Ministry and the IOA were present during the elections.

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“Based on the reports received from the Returning officer Mr S. K. Mendiratta and the FIG Observer Andre F Gueisbuhler, we herewith inform you that our FIG statutes Commission accepts the results of the elections held on November 5, 2019, in Delhi and therefore recognises you as president and Mr Shantikumar Singh as secretary general,” FIG secretary general Nicolas Buompane said in a letter addressed to the GFI president.

FIG asked Mital to send GFI’s official address, email and phone number as well as the “statutes (constitution) valid to date and upon which you operate.”

GFI was de-recognised by the Sports Ministry in 2012 but after the November 5 elections, it is expected to get back the recognition.

IOA is also expected to give recognition to the new national gymnastics body as it was involved in conducting the elections.