Removing the ban, World Archery instructed the Indian Union to change its constitution regarding the membership of sports persons, resolve operational issues and formulate a strategic plan.

The preparations for the Tokyo Olympics of Indian archers were bolstered when World Archery, the global body of the sport, lifted the conditional suspension imposed on it within a week of the election of the Archery Association of India. Removing the ban, World Archery instructed the Indian Union to change its constitution regarding the membership of sportspersons, resolve operational issues and formulate a strategic plan. Along with that, AAI was also asked to submit quarterly reports on these issues.

World Archery said in a statement, “World Archery has lifted the suspension conditionally imposed on the Archery Association of India after the elections held in New Delhi on 18 January. The Executive Board took this decision. “According to the statement,” Indian archers will be allowed to take part in World Archery competitions from Thursday 23 January 2020. The federation is instructed to make changes in its constitution, clarify the position on the membership of the player, make strategic plans and resolve other operational issues.

AAI was suspended on 5 August

AAI was suspended on August 5. Indian archers had to play as neutral players due to suspension, which directly affected their chances of qualifying for the Olympics. After the ban is lifted on Thursday, now the Indian archers will be free to participate in competitions under the tricolor. India is to play the next tournament in the Indoor World Series in Las Vegas within three weeks.

India has so far secured three male and one female quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. World Archery Secretary General Tom Dylan said, “We hope that this will be the beginning of a well-organized association in India.” Indian players can now concentrate on preparing for the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, which is just six months away. Munda, supported by former AAI chairman Vijay Kumar Malhotra, defeated BVP Rao 34-18.

Elections were held on the order of Delhi High Court

These elections were conducted on the order of the Delhi High Court and for the first time both opposing groups were face to face. Observers were sent by World Archery and Indian Olympic Association for these elections. The Archery Association of India was suspended on August 5 for violating its guidelines by conducting two parallel elections. Two AAI factions held separate elections in New Delhi and Chandigarh on June 9 last year and elected Munda and Rao as president.

The AAI was suspended after choosing two presidents. After this, Indian archers could not participate in the South Asian Games held in Nepal in December last year. Indian archers, however, were allowed to participate in the Asian Championships in Bangkok as ‘neutral players’ as it was a continental Olympic qualifier.


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