Government de-recognises Archery Association of India (AAI)

Sports Ministry de-recognised the Archery Association of India (AAI) with immediate effect for "violating the age and tenure guidelines" of the government's Sports Code during its elections last month. "The Archery Association of India held its elections on 09.11.2012. While the procedures adopted in the elections were in conformity with the procedures laid down in the Sports Code and common practice, the Archery Association has violated the age and tenure restrictions prescribed in the Sports Code," Sports Minister Jitendra Singh told reporters during a press conference in New Delhi.
During its elections last month, octogenarian BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra was re-elected as the president of the AAI for the 10th term which means he will retain the position for an unprecendented 40th year, a gross violation of the age and tenure guidelines under the Sports Code. The Sports Minister has advised the AAI to hold fresh elections for the post of president, in conformity with the Sports Code.

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