JBA office at Mohan Ahuja Stadium in Jamshedpur on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Set, match, row.
The yearlong feud between Jharkhand Badminton Association (JBA) and Jamshedpur District Badminton Association (JDBA) peaked on Tuesday with the ‘disaffiliation’ of the latter, allegations of foul play and shuttlers left wondering about their future.
The JBA secretary K. Prabhakar Rao announced that the JDBA was disaffiliated with “immediate effect due to anti-association activities since the past one year”.
“The executive committee of the JBA has unanimously decided to disaffiliate the district association. No correspondence will be entertained in future with it,” he added.
According to him, the JDBA was overlooking the parent outfit JBA while executing its activities in Jamshedpur. Besides, it cancelled the membership of 28 newly inducted life members so that they could not vote in the last May’s district body polls without telling us. Disciplinary action had to be taken,” Rao said.
Here, the unsaid implication was that JDBA had pulled the rug from under Rao’s feet with 28 votes less. Rao’s counterpart in JDBA T.N. Choudhary alleged as much. “Rao is taking revenge against the JDBA for losing last year’s district elections. Rao stood for the post of vice-president and lost. Rao had inducted members without the district outfit’s consent only to win polls. Names never went to the scrutiny panel nor the register.” Choudhary said, adding they would move court.
Rao, on the other hand, said they had sent two showcause notices to JDBA on February 7 and March 27, which were met with stony silence.
No matter who wins this feud, shuttlers say they are the losers. They are right, because disaffiliation of the district body will affect the careers of several shuttlers who won’t be selected in state teams for national competitions. “One never knows when training will stop,” a shuttler grumbled.
Choudhary added that this only proved that the JBA was least concerned about players.
The row between the two outfits started when JBA president Sudhir Deoras, elected in 2010, formed a four-member ad hoc panel with some “disgruntled persons” on August 7, 2011, and assumed the post of the panel’s chairman. It put a question mark over the JBA’s very existence.
The JBA hit back at Deoras, ousting him at a meeting. Members of 11 district units nominated Deepak Verma, IG (JAP), as the new boss. The dispute went to court. Then, the Badminton Association of India granted provisional affiliation to the JBA.
But the problem did not end. JDBA members locked up the administration office at Mohan Ahuja Stadium in October, followed by JBA secretary locking up the office door, leading to police intervention.