In­dian sus­pen­sion lifted

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The on­go­ing sus­pen­sion of the the Archery As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia was con­di­tion­ally lifted by World Archery fol­low­ing new elec­tions in New Delhi on 18 Jan­uary. In­dian ath­letes had been banned from in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for five months, but had com­peted un­der neu­tral flags in com­pe­ti­tions such as the Asian Cham­pi­onships, in or­der that they could still try to gain Olympic places.

It was the cul­mi­na­tion of a lengthy and con­vo­luted is­sue over gov­er­nance of the sport in In­dia, where the na­tional gov­ern­ing body had split into two fac­tions. The mem­ber­ship was sus­pended in Au­gust 2019.

The new fed­er­a­tion, led by union min­is­ter Ar­jun Munda, is re­quired to solve sev­eral gov­er­nance is­sues be­fore the sus­pen­sion is fully lifted, with progress re­port re­quired ev­ery three months.

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.”

Cur­rently, In­dia has three men’s and one women’s quota place at Tokyo 2020. How­ever, with the cof­fers of the new fed­er­a­tion ap­par­ently empty, ac­cord­ing to re­ports in the In­dian me­dia, it may still be a bumpy ride for In­dia's archery ath­letes for a while yet.

jyothi surekha ven­nam (in­dia)

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