The Union Sports Ministry, after de-recognising the boxing and archery federations, is now set to subject the Athletic Federation of India (AFI) to the same fate for violating the sports code under several clauses. Sports Minister Jitendra Singh is expected to take strict action against the federation, which has Adille J Sumariwalla as its president, for non compliance to the sports code.
The decision to de-recognise the federation was taken mainly because the elections in the body were not held as per rules. It is also being alleged that the federation is losing its licence because of violation of three main clauses: First, lack of electoral college before elections in federation; second, Clause 14B that states the official who were part of the previous executive can also be a part of fresh executive, which would diminish the chances for new faces entering the federation; third, sport codes state that the President can be nominated by one and seconded by one while the AFI constitution has provisions for three nominations for the same position and three second opinions.
āThe federation has to be de-recognised immediately. This action should have been taken by the ministry two and a half years ago, however it has taken this long,ā said Rahul Mehra, litigation lawyer, about the impending suspension of the federation.
In the event of the AFIās suspension, Indian athletes will lose government supportā financially and otherwise ā which is crucial.