AAI Suspension: World Archery suspends Archery Association of India, Indian archers to compete independently
AAI Suspension: World Archery has suspended the Archery Association of India for defying guidelines.
AAI Suspension: The Archery Association of India has been suspended by World Archery for defying its guidelines by appointing two parallel bodies. World Archery has given AAI time till the end of this month to set things in order.
The suspension decision will come into effect from August 12. The decision to suspend AAI means that Indian archers will now have to compete in International tournaments as independents. The suspension will, however, not impact the Indian archers competing in the World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid, Spain from August 19-25. The archers have been allowed to participate under the Indian national flag.
The decision to suspend the Archery Association of India was taken by World Archery during its extraordinary board meeting in June 2019 itself. The AAI had been given time till July 31st to come up with a solution but since no progress was made, World Archery decided to implement the suspension decision.
World Archery has suspended Archery Association of India due to factionalism in the body. Two opposing archery factions have been created in India, led by Union Minister Arjun Munda and BVP Rao. There has been confusion over which one of the two is the legitimately-elected body.
The World Archery delisted AAI as a member on July 19 and gave the body time till July 31st to end the confusion or face suspension. The AAI had requested the World Archery to give it a few more days but the request was rejected.
Though now the suspension has already been imposed, the international body has given the AAI time till August 31st to sort out the matter.
Indian Archers’ dilemma
The Indian archers will be allowed to compete in world archery events as independent participants till the time AAI stands suspended.
The last event that the Indian archers will be allowed to compete under the Indian flag includes the World Archery Youth Championships, after which they will have to compete under the flag of World Archery till the suspension is lifted.