VFI elections: One letter, two reactions

The two factions of the Volleyball Federation of India have reacted differently to the deadline of June 30 to submit particular documents to the word body. It is deemed needed to kick start the election process.

Both factions of the VFI have sent their replied to the world body.   -  Getty Images (Representational Image)


There is a marked difference between the two factions of the Volleyball Federation of India in their response to the deadline of June 30 to submit particular documents to FIVB, the world body. The VFI has to submit the official list of member units, the roll call for the 2013 elections held by the VFI and the roll call for the 2015 annual general council meeting, among other documents, to kick-start the election process.

While both the president and secretary factions have sent their replies to the FIVB, the secretary-faction has raised doubts on the need for FIVB to conduct fresh elections when it was indeed held last year with the approval of Delhi High Court, Indian Olympic Association and Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs.

Ramavtar Singh Jakhar, VFI secretary, said: “We respect FIVB, our world body and we will face the elections. But at the same time, we would like to know what will happen to the elections held in 2016, will it not be a contempt of court? Why is FIVB taking the initiative all of a sudden, when they failed to send a three-member committee to India not once but twice? He further asked: “Who will decide the voters list?”

‘Good development’

However, the president-faction appeared ecstatic. Nandhakumar, secretary, Karnataka Volleyball Association, said it’s a great day for Indian volleyball. “It is a good development for the welfare of the Indian players. VFI will have a new body, which will be transparent. According to us, Nandhakumar said the 2016 elections were invalid, having been conducted "by a splinter group", and only the 2013 elections are valid," he said.

Nandhakumar said sending an observer by FIVB will be its next step, while the current letter by FIVB “was to know the ground realities.” The Indian lawyer, appointed by the world body, to advise it on the relevant requirements for elections under Indian law, said it was a good development. The elections, added Nandhakumar, will be held in August.

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