The All India Carrom Federation (AICF) has awarded the conduct of the next National championship to Delhi, bringing about a dramatic change to the ongoing imbroglio.
From being kept out of the last National championship in Akola, Maharashtra, earlier this year on the grounds that Delhi had not fielded a team in the National sub-junior championship, the positive change was forced by the unflinching attitude of the Delhi Carrom Association (DCA) that kept pursuing the legal course and a series of RTI applications to expose the unprofessional conduct of the national federation.
Chairing the general council meeting in Assam on September 28, AICF president Rakibul Hussain, who is the Assam Minister of Panchayat, Rural Development, Forests and Environment, conceded that Delhi was right and the National federation wrong.
“We have promised not to push the case any further against the national federation, but will follow-up on them. We did not force the argument beyond a point as it was not healthy for the sport in the country. We are looking forward to hosting the National championship for the first time in Delhi in 30 years,” said DCA secretary-general V.D. Narayan.
In a civil writ petition against the national federation and the Union Sports Ministry, that is yet to be heard by the Delhi High Court, owing to postponements, Narayan had highlighted the many irregularities in the election of office-bearers, including the post of executive president, and argued that AICF did not meet the eligibility criteria of to retain government recognition.
Through RTI applications, Narayan was also able to expose the continued recognition and patronage of the government despite the federation not meeting the basic requirement of submitting audited accounts.
Asking the officials concerned to speed up the auditing of accounts, the AICF president assured the Delhi unit all support in hosting the National championship. He also assured that the unit would not be singled out for questioning for not having district units, etc., and said any such interrogation would start with his State, Assam. — Special Correspondent