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World Archery removes Archery Association of India from member list; gives one-month ultimatum to clear the mess

World Archery (WA) has declared Archery Association of India (AAI) as its invalid member and given it a month’s time to either clear the mess or face suspension. In a recent meeting held in Den Bosch, the WA Executive Board issued a statement that elections of AAI held in Delhi and Chandigarh on June 9, 2019 is considered as invalid and it would not accept representatives of both factions as legal representatives of AAI.

The Executive Board has decided that there is sufficient evidence that the AAI is in breach of Articles 1.4.2.4 and 1.4.2.5.1. of the World Archery Constitution and Rules and, specifically, the last bullet point of 1.4.2.5.1 Article requiring good governance,

The AAI has also listed strict guidelines for making changes to the country’s final entries for World Cup Stage IV in Berlin (July 1-7) and Tokyo test event (July 11-18) and for accepting entries for the World youth championships in Madrid (August 19-25). The organization will wait till July 31, 2019 before deciding on AAI’s suspension. WA will wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict on the controversial elections of the AAI.

IOA president Narinder Batra said WA giving a timeline was “disrespectful and discourteous” towards the court. He also alleged that the “WA is compromising with the autonomy” of AAI.

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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