World Archery Appoints Bindra to Sort AAI trouble

India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was 20 June 2019 appointed as an independent person by the World Archery to sort out the ongoing mess in the national federation (AAI).

The development comes a day after the world body de-listed the Archery Association of India for violating the constitution by unanimously electing two parallel bodies in Chandigarh and New Delhi.

The celebrated Indian shooter will be part of the selection panel, also consisting of IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta and a representative of Sports Ministry to pick the national teams till a new AAI body takes charge.

Dielen also sought for a meeting with the IOA chief on the sidelines of the 134th IOC session at Lausanne from June 24 to 26. Batra had earlier condemned WA for giving a deadline to the Supreme Court of India.

While de-listing the AAI on 19 June 2019, the WA has stated that if the Supreme Court does not give a verdict on the controversial elections by July 31, the world body would go ahead with suspension. The suspension would prevent Indian archers from participating at any world event, including the Asian Archery Championships, an Olympic qualifying event.

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