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SBD Global/December 12, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

India's Sports Ministry Tells AFI To Hold Re-Elections Within Two Months

India's Sports Ministry gave the Athletic Federation of India two month's time to "amend its constitution and hold re-elections" for president, secretary and treasurer, according to the PTI. In a letter to the AFI, the ministry had "drawn its attention to a few contentious clauses in its constitution and asked it to hold re-elections for a few particular posts." A Sports Ministry statement said, "The AFI has been directed to amend its constitution to delete Article XIV(b)(1) and hold elections to the three posts de-novo. They have been advised that if the above action is not carried out within the period of 60 days, or 28 February 2013, whichever is earlier, the recognition to AFI shall stand withdrawn without any further notice" (PTI, 12/11). The IANS reported Sports Secretary Pradip Deb said that the ministry has "strong reservations about the manner in which the election was held for the three key posts." Deb: "We have asked the AFI to conduct fresh elections for only three key posts. We have no problems about other posts" (IANS, 12/11).
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