IOA chief blames administrator for archery mess
INDIAN Olympic Association president Narinder Batra launched a scathing attack on the administrator in charge of the Archery Association of India (AAI).
A day after the sports ministry wrote a strong letter to the AAI administrator SY Quraishi, Batra said the “sport is going to suffer in the long run at home”.
“I have no hesitation in saying the administrator has messed it up. He was appointed by a court but he is being controlled by an activist lawyer,” said Batra.
As one who has fought huge battles in Indian sport, notably when the Indian Hockey Federation was being run by supercop KPS Gill, Batra fears the day is not far when the Indian archery federation will get derecognised by the world body.
“We are not the BCCI, to be controlled the Lodha panel recommendations. The National Sports Federations in India believe in transparency and good governance. We are willing to go by what the courts say but this draft constitution of the AAI has not been drafted by the administrator. This is not at all correct,” added Batra.
The IOA president, also president of the FIH (international hockey federation) said archery in India has the potential to win a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“This administrator has no idea about the sport. I wonder if these people want to kill the sport?” asked Batra. Reminding sports lovers at home about the crisis six years ago when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the IOA, Batra said: “One has to follow the laws of the land and also keep in mind the IOC charter. You have to respect what the international body is saying. Do we want Indian archery to get suspended and eventually the archers compete under the IOC flag in Tokyo?
“When the IOA was suspended six years ago, it was a painful phase. The process of getting recognition back took time. I firmly believe the AAI should follow the national sports code of 2011 and hold the elections,” Batra suggested.
IOA chief Narinder fears AAI will be derecognised by the world body soon.