No elections in AIFF’s AGM, FIFA tells it to fulfil obligations like managing affairs independently – football

The All-India Football Federation (AIFF) will maintain its Annual General Body Meeting in digital mode on Monday, with the elections of its workplace bearers set to be stored in abeyance. The 4-12 months time period of the present govt committee ends on Monday and beneath regular circumstances, the elections would have to be held through the AGM with Praful Patel, who has been AIFF president since 2012, ineligible to contest as per the Sports Code.

The AIFF final month moved an software earlier than the Supreme Court, in search of continuation of its present govt committee past its time period on the bottom that the court docket-appointed directors are but to body a brand new structure to conduct elections.

“There was no election process such as appointment of returning officer, filing of nominations for various posts etc. So, there will be no elections. But we don’t know whether a resolution will be passed to extend the term of existing executive committee,” a high official of a member unit of the AIFF mentioned.

“The AIFF moved the Supreme Court to extend the term of the Executive Committee. But the matter has not come up for hearing till now. So, the AIFF best knows what is going to happen tomorrow.”

A FIFA spokesperson merely mentioned that it expects the AIFF to fulfil its obligations beneath Article 14 of the statutes of the world physique. “FIFA is in contact with the AIFF in relation to the upcoming electoral process. While respecting the principle of autonomy, FIFA expects all its member associations to fulfil their obligations in line with article 14 of the FIFA Statutes,” the FIFA spokesperson informed PTI.

The Article 14 of FIFA Statutes primarily relates to members associations’ obligations to comply with Standard Statutes of the world physique, to handle their affairs independently and never get influenced by any third events, to comply absolutely with the Statutes, rules, directives and selections of FIFA our bodies in addition to the selections of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The agenda of the AGM issued early this month solely talked about election of workplace bearers, if relevant. It had mentioned that it will look ahead to the instructions of the Supreme Court and can accordingly modify the agenda of the AGM.

The Supreme Court, in a 2017 order, had appointed a Committee of Administrators comprising former chief election commissioner SY Quraishi and Bhaskar Ganguli to formulate the structure of the AIFF in consonance with the Sports Code. Quraishi, nonetheless, had refuted AIFF’s claims that he had sought extra time to put together the draft structure of the sports activities physique, saying the doc has already been submitted to the apex court docket.

He mentioned the Committee of Administrators had finalised the draft structure in December final 12 months and submitted it to the SC in January this 12 months in a sealed cowl as directed by the apex court docket.

Former India goalkeeper Kalyan Chaubey had additionally filed a petition earlier than the Supreme Court, in search of to direct the AIFF to maintain elections “at an early date”. Under the Sports Code, the president of a nationwide sports activities federation can maintain workplace for a most three phrases or 12 years.

Patel, a former union minister, served as appearing president for one 12 months after lengthy-time head Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi suffered a cardiac arrest in 2008. He took over as full-time president in October 2009 earlier than being re-elected for the highest job in December 2012 and 2016.

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