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Indian Archery Association suspended by World Archery; uncertainty over Indian participation in Asian Championships for Olympic berth

World Archery (WA) has suspended the Archery Association of India (AAI) effective from 5th August 2019 for defying its guidelines by electing two parallel bodies. In June 2019, WA had declared AAI as its invalid member and given it a month’s time to either clear the mess or face suspension. Since no progress has been made, the world governing body implemented the suspension order.

On behalf of the executive board, World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen said, “World Archery is implementing the decision taken in June by suspending the Archery Association of India. The last event in which Indian athletes can participate is the youth championships in Madrid.” The AAI had requested the WA to give it a few more days but the suspension order has come a day before court hearing on the issue.

The archers can participate under the Indian flag is the World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid from August 19-25, 2019. But the quota places for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games will be awarded at the Asian Championships and Asian Para Championships, to be held in Bangkok in November, 2019. India so far has three men’s places secured for the next Olympics but has yet to win a women’s spot.

Tom Dielen further said, “We will now work with the Indian Olympic Association and Indian Government to try to establish a transitory committee, with representatives from all sides, to handle urgent matters. If no long-term solution is found by the end of August, the executive board will decide what can be done to preserve the chances of Indian athletes participating in the Asian Championships and Asian Para Championships.”

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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