The Committee of Administrators, which is currently looking after the running of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has submitted the final draft of AIFF’s constitution to the Supreme Court for its approval on Friday, 15 July.
The committee was forced to take over the proceedings and dissolve the current office bearers of the organisation after they failed to hold independent elections for a very long time.
AIFF acting general secretary Sunando Dhar said, “After a lengthy set of discussions with various stakeholders, the draft Constitution of the AIFF has finally been submitted to the honourable court.
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the process, on this swift move forward, and hope that with the new constitution in place, we can move ahead with developing Indian football.”
The CoA, appointed by the Apex Court on May 18 this year, comprises Justice (retired) Anil R Dave, former Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr SY Quraishi and former India captain Bhaskar Ganguly.
“After a lot of deliberation, we have finally narrowed down on a draft constitution that would put the AIFF in line with the National Sports Code, as well as help it function efficiently as a member association of the FIFA and the AFC,” said Quraishi.
“We are confident that with these set of changes, the federation will now be in a good position to guide Indian football further ahead.”
Justice Dave stated, “We have taken into consideration all the stakeholders involved in Indian football and their respective valued point of views over the newly-framed constitution.
“We also received some suggestions from football lovers across the country and studied them minutely and seriously. I wish all parties involved the very best as we all try to take the beautiful game forward in India.”
Former India goalkeeper and captain Ganguly commended everyone on formulating the draft constitution on such short notice.
“The amount of work that has gone into the draft constitution is indeed commendable and I sincerely thank everyone involved on it’s completion. We hope that with these new changes, football in our country will keep growing further than ever before.”
The final draft constitution was also handed to the state associations, which were represented in the discussions by a seven-member committee.
On June 23, the visiting FIFA-AFC team had set deadlines to clean up the Indian football mess, and directed the Indian football administration by September 15, the failure of which will lead to sanctions against the country.
A FIFA ban would mean the Women’s U-17 World Cup, to be held in three venues from October 11 to 30, could potentially be taken away.
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