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The World Archery has conditionally lifted the suspension on the Archery Association of India (AAI) in less than a week after the embattled national federation has held its elections in New Delhi last week.
The Archery Association of India has been instructed by the World Archery in making changes regarding the athlete membership in its constitution in order to resolve the governance issues and to develop a strategic plan. AAI has also been asked to furnish a quarterly progress report on these issues.
The Indian archers had to compete as neutral athletes at the Asian Championships since the suspension of the AAI has been made on August 5, 2019 which in turn affected their chances of qualification for the Olympics.
The Indian Archers can now be allowed to compete in the World Archery events under the national flag representing the tri color.
Union minister Arjun Munda was the elected as the President of the Archery Association of India (AAI), on January 18, Saturday. The elections were held in the presence of three observers which included one from the World Archery.
Arjun Munda had a smooth sailing in being elected as the president as he defeated his rival BVP Rao by a margin of 34-18 votes.
Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir were being excluded from the electoral college where as 26 out of 31 state associations have cast their votes .
The entire panel has won by comfortable margins with the senior vice-president being elected as Captain Abhimanyu Sindhu while Pramod Chandurkar has become the secretary general and Rajendar Singh Tomar was elected as the treasurer. This elections has got their panel elected for full four- year terms.
The elections were held as per the orders given by the Delhi High Court and an observer in Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapol has been sent by the World Archery.
The next international tournament is the Indoor World Series in Las Vegas that has been scheduled and is in a three weeks time.
By Shrithika Kushangi