Jamshedpur, Feb. 5: Shuttlers may meet the same fate as their karate counterparts.
With the Jharkhand Olympic Association (JOA) constituting an ad hoc committee for preparing a badminton team for the 34th National Games, fate of men and women shuttlers selected by the Jharkhand Badminton Association (JBA) hangs in balance.
The problems came up after the JBA affiliated district units from Ranchi and Deogarh raised questions regarding the manner in which the annual general meeting was held in November last year. According to them, JBA secretary K. Prabhakar Rao “illegally” amended the by-laws without taking them into confidence.
Since an office bearer can be in power for only a stipulated period, Rao had allegedly changed the time duration to extend his own term. The matter is pending with the registrar’s office after a case was filed by the Ranchi unit.
JOA formed an ad hoc committee earlier this week. It is also likely that the team selected by the ad hoc body may represent the state, thus leaving the shuttlers chosen by JBA in the lurch.
Rao claimed that there have been no changes in the bylaws and some districts were creating unnecessary trouble. “There is no point in raising this issue now. Why are the districts raising hue and cry when the Games are around the corner?” he asked.
JBA has now turned to Badminton Association of India (BAI). Yesterday, BAI made it clear to JOA that JBA was its affiliated unit and was entitled to deal with affairs related to the Games.
Rao said they were working on the advice of the BAI as it was the parent body.