Munda, Rao clash for AAI president’s post; Indian archery looks for new dawn

New Delhi, Jan 17:
The suspended and faction-ridden Archery Association of India will hope for a new beginning when it goes to polls here today on the directions of the Delhi High Court.
Union Minister Arjun Munda and retired IAS officer BVP Rao will be up against each other for the post of the AAI president while Pramod Chandurkar and Maha Singh are the candidates for the secretary’s post.
The two groups led by Munda and Rao had in June last year elected themselves as presidents, in two separate elections held simultaneously in New Delhi and Chandigarh, leading to AAI’s suspension by the World Archery.
But as per the Delhi High Court order, the two will clash for the first time as the World Archery, who has sent an observer, will be keenly watching the proceedings.
A total of 31 state associations are part of the AAI but only 26 states — each having a share of two votes — will take part in the polls. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Jammu and Kashmir are not part of the electoral college.
There will be a total of 52 votes to elect the 19-member executive committee consisting of president, secretary general, senior vice-president, eight vice-presidents, seven joint-secretaries and one treasurer. (PTI)