In what will bring a smile to Indian archers, the World Archery on Thursday conditionally lifted the suspension on India, less than a week after the embattled national federation held its elections. Also Read - COVID-19 Positive Para-Archer Ankit Discharged From Hospital, to Remain in Isolation
“The federation needs to comply with good governance and activity portions of World Archery constitution and rules. Must report every three months,” said a statement from the World Archery. The decision was made by the execute board postal vote. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics: No Olympic Qualifiers This Year, World Rankings Freezed, Confirms World Archery
The Indian archers, who had to compete as neutral athletes at the Asian Championships because of the suspension, can now represent the country under the Indian flag. Also Read - Olympics Postponement May Lead to Early Wedding Bells for Archers Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari
The next international tournament is Indoor World Series in Las Vegas in three weeks’ time. India currently has three men’s and one women’s quota place at Tokyo 2020.
World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen said: “We hope this is the start of a well-governed association in India and will help, where necessary, to develop the strategy that will accomplish this.”
“Indian athletes can now focus on getting ready for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which is now just six months away.”
Union minister Arjun Munda was on Saturday elected president of the Archery Association of India (AAI) after the much-delayed elections were held in presence of three observers, including one from the World Archery.
With the support of former AAI president Vijay Kumar Malhotra, who claims to have a majority in the national archery administration, Munda had a smooth sailing as he defeated his rival BVP Rao by 34-18 votes.
The elections were held as per the Delhi High Court order and the two bitter rivals clashed for the first time. World Archery had sent an observer in Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapol.