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Government cracks the whip

New Delhi: Government on Friday decided to crack the whip on sports federations that refused to follow the Sports Code and de-recognised Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) and Archery Association of India (AAI) with immediate effect.

Both the federations will stop receiving financial assistance from the government till the suspension orders are revoked. The government, however, will continue to fund the boxers and archers for preparations and participation in international meets.

While the IABF supremo Abhay Chautala has already hinted about toeing the government line, AAI president Vijay Kumar Malhotra called the ministry action “arbitrary and illegal.”

The order on suspension on IABF came a few hours after it was banned by the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) for irregularities in its elections held at Patiala on September 23. The sports ministry, too, alleged the same and asked the IABF to hold fresh elections as per the Government Sports Code.

Talking to newspersons, sports minister Jitendra Singh said AAI was suspended for a similar offence. “The Sports Code was not followed in the AAI election and it violated the age and tenure clause,” the minister said.

While Chautala was widely accused of manipulating the elections and violating the constitution by creating a post of chairman for himself, Malhotra decided to defy the code and fight the elections.