Indian volleyball in a limbo

The factions of VFI president Chaudhary Avadesh Kumar and secretary Ramavtar Singh Jakhar conducted separate emergent Executive Committee meetings at Nagpur and Chennai respectively, each claiming a majority and legitimacy.

VFI president Chaudhary Avadhesh Kumar (left) and Secretary-General Ramavatar Singh Jakhar are locked in a power struggle.   -  THE HINDU

The state of affairs at the Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) turned even messier on Thursday. The factions of VFI president Chaudhary Avadesh Kumar and secretary Ramavtar Singh Jakhar conducted separate emergent Executive Committee meetings at Nagpur and Chennai respectively, each claiming a majority and legitimacy.

While the Nagpur meeting decided to end the services of the secretary, the one in Chennai resolved to terminate the services of the president.

At Nagpur, the disciplinary committee’s report was accepted, resulting in the suspension of 10 VFI members, including the CEO K. Murugan and treasurer Rathin Roy Chaudhary for three years with immediate effect.

The Nagpur committee also approved legal action against the CEO, treasurer and secretary for the “unauthorised withdrawal of 60 lakh from the VFI account.”

The committee appointed Nandakumar of Karnataka as interim secretary and Prandeep Gill (Uttar Pradesh) as interim treasurer. It was also decided to shift the VFI office and transfer the VFI account from Chennai to Dehradun.

According to president Avadesh Kumar, 13 units were present in the Nagpur meeting and another seven to eight units have extended their support. “Barring two to three state units all will come forward to support the president,” he said.

In Chennai, meanwhile, secretary Jakhar claimed that “out of 29 states, 22 states and 44 executive members have attended the emergent executive committee meeting” where it was resolved unanimously to remove Avadhesh Kumar for his “dictatorial and unilateral actions against the interest of the Federation.”

Executive vice-president Rajkumar was nominated as interim president “till the next election of office bearers of the Federation.”

The running of IVL-2016 didn’t escape the schism either. Avadesh Kumar said Sports Marketing Firm Sportz & Live Entertainment Pvt Ltd. would promote it while Jakhar said Baseline Venture India Pvt. Ltd. had been approved.