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Constitution amendment on the cards

Calcutta: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will amend its constitution following recommendations by a Fifa and AFC study report.

The report has suggested changes in the national body’s constitution which will be made after discussions with state associations. This was decided at Sunday’s AIFF task force meeting in Goa.

A member of the nine-member task force — which includes the AIFF president and secretary — said constitutions of the state bodies have already been sought.

“It’s not that our constitution doesn’t comply with the international guidelines, but certain changes are needed. Like in some of our states, individuals enjoy the right to vote. This has to change,” he said.

He informed that a four-member committee has already been set up to deal with this. “They will go through the constitutions of state units and after that we will recommend changes.”

Details of the suggestions made by the Fifa-AFC study team, which toured India last year, are awaited. Major changes cannot be ruled out. The task force will submit its first report by July 15 and meet thrice before that, the first meeting coming up in Delhi on June 1.

It was learnt that the AIFF has decided to have separate departments looking into infrastructural development, marketing and other important issues.

It has also been decided that the AIFF will start functioning from a temporary headquarter in Delhi in six months’ time before permanently shifting base to the capital.

In a separate development, the AIFF has cleared the Rs 13 lakh it owed to the IFA.

Federation Cup in July

PTI adds from Margao: The AIFF released its long-awaited calendar after the executive committee meeting in Goa Saturday evening.

Calcutta will host the Federation Cup from July 25 to August 8. The eighth National Football League (NFL) will get underway in November, said AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi.

All state leagues are expected to get over by September 15. The AIFF also announced that a new under-19 tournament, titled JRD Tata Nationals, will be held in September.

AIFF CALENDAR 2003-04

June: U-18 preparatory camp, C-licence course, U-16 zonal and final, Milk Cup in Ireland for U-18, B-licence course. August: U-19 zonal and final, AFC League, U-19 girls and U-16 boys, course for national referees and Cooper test. September: U-19 girls, AFC League, national team for U-19, LG Cup, senior team preparatory camp, U-19 boys, C-licence course. October: AFC League, Afro-Asian Games, C-licence course, inter-state transfers from October 15-30. November: U-16 girls, Super Cup, NFL, AFC League, Asia Cup, U-16 and U-19 nationals, B-licence referees’ instructor’s course. December: NFL. January 2004: women’s nationals, U-21 boys zonal and final, NFL, C-licence course. February: NFL. March : NFL and NFL 2ns division. April: Santosh Trophy, Federation Cup. May: U-19 NFL.

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