2/5/2019 1:28:31 PM (GMT+3)

Relief for Indian archers after assurance from world body

Relief for Indian archers after assurance from world body

KOLKATA: Indian archer Atanu Das exuded confidence on participating at the 2020 Olympic qualifying events despite the non-inclusion of the Archery Association of India (AAI) in the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs’ list.

On Monday, along with AAI, Indian Golf Union, Gymnastics Federation of India and Taekwondo Federation of India left out of the annual recognition.

The decision to exclude AAI may seemed to be a big blow to the archers, but the Rio 2016 Olympian said it won’t affect them.

“We had spoken to the World Archery when they first didn’t recognise AAI last month. But had assured us then that our participation in Olympics or in any tournament won’t be affected,” Atanu told www.khelupdates.com.

The country’s sports ministry has renewed the recognition of 52 NSFs for the duration up to December 31, including 16 which did not comply with its four-year-old directive to disclose their activities on their respective websites.

The 26-year-old, who competes in recurve category, said they were initially tensed after getting to know of the non-inclusion.

“This is an important year for us as the Olympic qualification is round the corner. We were scared after we heard the news, but after we spoke to the international federation we are relaxed,” added Atanu.

BVP Rao, an IAS officer, was elected AAI president on December 22 last year in the elections held under the supervision of the Delhi High Court-appointed administrator and former Chief Election Commissioner of India, SY Quraishi.

But the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) didn’t recognise the elections as they and sports ministry had objected to certain clauses in the amended AAI constitution submitted by Quraishi to the court.

Their objections were based on the contention that the amended constitution, in parts, did not tally with the National Sports Development Code of India (NSDCI), 2011.

“I read it in the papers and I didn’t quite understand why AAI wasn’t recognised,” said Dola Banerjee, Arjuna Awardee and team bronze medalist at the 2010 Asian Games. (Pic credit: World Archery)