AAI takes the necessary steps to get archery back on track
NEW DELHI: India will be represented by a 16-member junior team at
the upcoming Asia Cup in Bangkok, while the
much-awaited national ranking championships and senior nationals
will be hosted by Bhubaneswar from March 9 to 16, informed the
newly-elected body of the Archery Association of
The AAI, under its president B V P Rao, has decided to send two separate teams to the first World Cup in Medellin, Colombia from April 22 to 28 and to the World Championships at The Netherlands' Hertogenbosch city from June 3 to 16, which will offer the country's archers the first opportunity to book a berth for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
These decisions by Raoled AAI, marked the return of archery into the mainstream after the sport lived an uncertain life for six years owing to the AAI's derecognition by the sports ministry in December 2012. Apart from announcing a slew of tournaments to clear the archery backlog, including holding of the junior (recurve, compound and Indian round) national championships in Bhopal from February 7 to 14, the AAI has decided to select the senior team for the Netherlands Worlds in March itself, a good three months in advance from the event.
"Probables for the national camp will be selected through the open selection trials which will held in the last week of January. Teams selected from the final trial will take part at the Worlds and the World Cup," Rao told TOI. However, as the AAI is looking to rebuild the sport, it has run into another administrative fight with its familiar foe - Jharkhand Archery Association (JAA).
Putting aside the rulebook, the JAA has elected Arjun Munda, who was the JAA's chief patron till the last week, as its new president on January 8. This after JAA president Sunil Bhaskaran resigned without any trigger.
Rao wondered why JAA did not inform AAI of its elections so that it would have sent an observer, a mandatory requirement as per the AAI constitution. "It's a general practice that in case of president's resignation, one of the senior vice-presidents takes charge and runs the federation activities being the acting president till the proper election of the association is not held. Why this haste?" Rao wondered. AAI has show-caused the JAA and asked them to reply to its notice by January 20.