‘No point in going to world event if can’t represent India’

first_imgIndian compound archer and two-time Asian Games medallist Rajat Chauhan said he sees no point in participating in any international events if it will mean not representing India.Recent reports suggest Indian athletes, whose national sports federation are derecognised by the sports ministry, will not be able to represent India at an international competition.Archery Association of India (AAI), along with gymnastics, taekwondo and shootingball federations, currently falls in the blacklist.”There’s no point in going to any international event for any of the archers because you don’t get to represent your country. Not having the Indian tag will mean the government won’t consider in the TOP scheme list anymore and won’t bear any of our travelling expense. It will probably end our future in archery,” the 23-year-old archer from Rajasthan told Mail Today, who was included in the TOPS list for the Asiad.Chauhan, who is desperately awaiting a job opportunity from his state since winning gold at the Asian Games 2014, also worries that not having the India tag will also hamper his future job opportunities when AAI’s de-recognition is already a hindrance.”The derecognition of the AAI already makes it difficult for me to find sponsors, now if I also don’t get to represent India then I probably will never get the job that I have been promised by my state government (Rajasthan),” he said.AAI was derecognised by the sports ministry in 2012 after it violated the age and tenure restrictions prescribed in the sports code.In August last year, Delhi High Court appointed former chief election commissioner SY Qureshi as the administrator of the AAI with a mandate to get the constitution drafted and hold fresh elections to elect a new set of office-bearers.advertisementAssociation’s secretary general Anil Kamineni said a compliance notice has already been sent to the court and elections will be done shortly which he feels will solve the existing issues.”A compliance notice is already sent to the court about holding elections as per their guidelines and the dates of the elections are also announced (22nd December). We have also submitted our new constitution to the supreme court. Once the elections are done, our athletes won’t have to worry about representing their nation,” Kamneni said.last_img

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