Indian athletics body faces ban over process

Last updated 06:53 12/12/2012

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Inspirational 60-year-old runner beats 20-year-olds and breaks records Team NZ skipper Glenn Ashby: Look after the bus but keep the foot on the throat German calamity denies NZ victory at the Youth America's Cup as Britain surge through chaos for unlikely win Revolutionary drone operator has Team NZ flying high in Bermuda America's Cup: Kiwis pedalling towards possible America's Cup upset Robbie Manson lays his cards on the table Leading Kiwi cyclist George Bennett hit by car during Tour de France training Black Sticks women score narrow win over Spain in World League opener Oracle watchers tail Team NZ, testing latest refinements on the water Plenty of juicy scenarios if Team NZ can win the America's Cup

The Athletics Federation of India was warned by the government on Tuesday to hold re-elections for key posts or face suspension.

The sports ministry, which won't recognise the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation and the Archery Association of India for not following a government sports code during their recent elections, announced in a press release the AFI's "recognition shall stand withdrawn without any further notice" if it did not amend its constitution and hold fresh polls for the posts of president, secretary and treasurer.

The objections were in respect to AFI rules which allow only previous executive members to become president or secretary as well as a condition that a candidate's name needs to be proposed by three members rather than one.

Indian sports federations have come under scrutiny from the government and the International Olympic Committee in recent days.

On Friday, the government withdrew its recognition of the IABF within hours of its suspension by world body AIBA for not following proper electoral procedures.

It also withheld support of the AAI for failing to follow age and tenure restrictions in the sports code.

The latest government announcement has come within four days of the IOC suspending the Indian Olympic Association because of government interference in its election process.

Abhay Singh Chautala became president of the IOA in elections which were declared "null and void" by the world body. He was also the chairman of the IABF before its suspension.

Tainted official Lalit Bhanot, who was in jail along with Suresh Kalmadi for corruption cases related to the organisation of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, had been elected secretary general of the IOA.

Both Chautala and Bhanot were said to be backed by Kalmadi in the IOA elections.

Kalmadi also wields considerable power in the AFI, of which he is a past president.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content