New Delhi: The sports ministry on Monday clarified that they are reviewing all the sports bodies and have not decided to derecognised the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) as opposed to earlier reports. The sports ministry had earlier derecognised the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) and the Archery Association of India (AAI) for manipulation in their election process on Friday.
The sports ministry has only issued notice to the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) over the election process held in April. Sports Minister Jitendra Singh said," As of now we have not taken any such move to derecognise the body, we will keep reviewing all sports bodies."
On being asked about the matter, AFI president Adille Sumariwala said, "The Derecognition reports are completely untrue & false. There is no reason for government to derecognise us. The elections held under constitution & as per sports code and we have implemented age and tenure guidelines as well. Sportsmen run AFI and there is no reason for us to be derocognised."
Earlier, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) provisionally suspended IABF for manipulation of its election, a move that came just two days after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had suspended the IOA.
The IOC took the decision saying that the government's interference in the IOA election violated the Olympic charter. The decision, taken at the IOC's executive board meeting in Lausanne, had cut India off from IOC grants and bars it from the Olympics and Asian Games.