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AFI suspends non-active state associations

29 Oct 2017, 21:59 IST
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New Delhi, Oct 29 (PTI) The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) today suspended Pondicherry, Manipur and Nagaland state athletics bodies for being non-active while Punjab Athletics Association (PAA) was also handed a three-month suspension for skipping the two-day Annual General Meeting of AFI.

The AFI general body also unanimously passed a resolution, directing Maharashtra Athletics Association (MAA) to hold fresh elections within a month for remaining absent from the AGM, which was held yesterday here, and poor functioning of the federation affecting development of athletics in the state.

"There are no athletics activity in Pondicherry, Manipur and Nagaland and despite telling these state affiliates many times to start development and promotion of athletics, nothing has been done by them. Punjab is also suspended for remaining absent from the AGM and there were lot of complaints from athletes and coaches the way North Zone meet was conducted in Tarantaran by the PAA on 14-15 October 2017," the AFI president Adille Sumariwalla said in a statement.

"However, young athletes from districts will be allowed to participate in the National Inter-District Junior Athletics Meet, our flagship developmental program, to be held in Vizag from November 24-26. We do not want kids to suffer due to inefficiency of the state unit. The general body felt strict action needs to be taken against such state units.

"Similarly, Maharashtra state body is also not functioning in a transparent manner according to the general house and members of the house called for fresh elections," he added.

The model constitution focused on encouraging more transparency and efficiency in the functioning of state affiliates of AFI was also approved at the AGM.

It was also proposed and approved at the AGM that athletes skipping the national camps will not be allowed to participate in the AFI selection trials for international competitions.

Among other major decisions taken by the general house at the AGM are approval of qualification guidelines for Commonwealth Games to be held in Gold Coast, Australia and Asian Games to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia next year.

The house also approved the 2018 annual calendar of AFI which is designed keeping in mind the CWG and Asian Games.

It was also approved at the AGM that AFI should hold National Championships of 400m and javelin throw events for both men and women to increase the pool of talent in these two disciplines.

The house also approved the qualifying standards for all the national-level meets

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