The Badminton Association of India (BAI) and the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) would be treated as non recognised federations even though no such official notification had been issued by the Union Government.
The Joint Secretary, Union Sports Ministry, Injeti Srinivas said on Tuesday that the ministry had taken note of the reports of the observers at the recent BAI and SFI elections where officials were elected in contravention of the Union Government guidelines.
The ministry was also in receipt of a letter from the Returning Officer for the BAI elections stating that the elections were held in a fraudulent manner.
“Any federation which is non-compliant (of the guidelines) will have to work as a non-recognised federation from now on. We will submit a report before the Delhi High Court on August 18 (when the court resumes hearing in a PIL). Our position is also known to the International Olympic Committee,” he said.
He clarified that the Indian teams being prepared for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games would be “insulated” from the consequences of the government stand since the ministry would not think of bringing an abrupt end to such preparations.
The funding, in such cases, would be routed through the IOA or the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
Keywords: Union Sports Ministry