After eight years of patience and tumult, the Archery Association of India (AAI) is at last recognised by the Government once again, as confirmed by the Union Sports Ministry on Wednesday.
AAI gains recognitions from the Sports Ministry as a national sports federation (NSF)
The AAI, which faced a suspension all the way back on 7th December 2012 over “failure to conduct its elections in accordance with the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011”, after the former president Vijay Kumar Malhotra refused to step from the office after charges of violating ministry’s age and tenure guidelines.
Now, AAI gets a valid recognition as a national sports federation (NSF) from the Sports Ministry for the duration of one year.
Earlier this year, the association had held the election for new office-bearers on 18th January, acknowledged by the ministry for a duration of four years until 2024. At present, AAI has Arjun Munda as the president, Pramod Chandurkar as the secretary-general and Rajendra Singh Tomar as the treasurer.
Notably, the World Archery Federation, as well as the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), had already lifted AAI’s suspension back in January when they had approved the elections.
Arjun Munda, the newly elect AAI president who also serves as the Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, has pledged to promote archery talent in the rural parts of the country, as well as stated that the association itself will leave no stone unturned to scout and recognise talents from the villages.
Having discovered Indian archery stalwarts such as Deepika Kumari, Gora Ho, Paltan Hansda and more, Munda, who was present the selection trial for the National Archery Team for the Olympic Games at the JRD Sports Complex, acknowledged that the state of Jharkhand bears an innate archery talent within its population.