Karnataka Badminton Association dissociated from BAI for non-compliance

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The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has officially broken its affiliation with Karnataka Badminton Association (KBA), adducing to the state level governing body not complying with the amendment of BAI’s Constitution.

The subject of the dispute has been the 19-member Executive Committee of the KBA, which comprises 10 lifelong members, and the rest 9 representing the districts, which has outnumbered the district frontperson.

The issue was raised by the state’s Youth Empowerment and Sports Additional Chief Secretary Shalini Rajneesh, who wrote to Union Sports Ministry in February, stating that the district representatives being the minority was a violation of clause 3.10 of the Sports Code which requires atleast 50% of the same.

The next month, BAI had given KBA a four month deadline to amend the violation. The governing body responded by forming a new Badminton Management Committee, which was not received well by the BAI.

The KBA secretary P. Rajesh Reddy, however, has denied any violation of the Sports Code. “We have a majority of the 31 districts of Karnataka affiliated. So there is no violation. Also, KBA’s is a unique system. We are a members-run body and members fund this organisation. We have to protect their interests as well,” said Reddy, “We have both badminton, and non-badminton activities dealing with club house etc. So we sought to separate the two and create KBA – Badminton Management Committee just for badminton. This has proper district representation as desired. In fact, it is close to 80%. It’s not a parallel body but a body within a body. But BAI didn’t approve of it and have taken this arbitrary decision, without even giving us a show-cause notice.”

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