Government proposes to abolish CoA order in SC application, accepts all demands of FIFA Football News – Times of India

New Delhi: In desperate steps to get FIFA bans AIFF After the cancellation, the central government on Sunday moved an application in the Supreme Court, seeking to do away with the “mandate” of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) as demanded by the world governing body.
A day before the crucial hearing of the top court, the move by the Sports Ministry can be seen as an attempt to salvage it. FIFA U-17 Women’s World CupTo be held in October.
The world body had imposed a pan-India ban on August 15 soccer Federation (AIFF) due to “third party interference” and stated that the women’s age-group showpiece “currently cannot be conducted as planned in India”.
The government has virtually accepted all the demands made by FIFA in its application, including ending the term of the SC-appointed COA and also not allowing individual members in the electoral college.
However, it said that the deposed government led by Praful Patel should be kept out of the AIFF.
“… may the grace of this Hon’ble Court … direct the day-to-day management of aiff The boycott of the first elected body will be looked into by the AIFF administration under the leadership of the Acting General Secretary and the CoA will have no role in the administration of AIFF with effect from 22.08.
“…the COA is required to submit the final draft constitution to this Hon’ble Court by the end of 23.08.2022, and the order of the CoA should be declared completely void with effect from 23.08.2022.”
In his statement suspending AIFF, fifa had said that the removal of suspension from AIFF would be subject to complete revocation of the CoA’s order. FIFA also said that it wants the AIFF administration to be “fully in charge of the daily affairs of the AIFF”.
The world body had said that it wanted “an independent electoral committee to be elected by the AIFF general assembly to conduct elections for a new executive committee”.
It also said that the AIFF should conduct its elections on the basis of the pre-existing membership of the AIFF” (i.e. only state associations without individual members).
The filing of nomination papers was completed on Saturday after the Supreme Court approved the conduct of AIFF elections on August 28.
Seven candidates, including veteran Bhaichung Bhutia, have filed nomination papers for the post of President, though the returning officer on Sunday rejected two of them as the proposer and supporter said they had not signed the nomination papers of any candidate.
A plea of ​​the government, that eminent sportspersons are not allowed as individual members in the Electoral College, if accepted by the SC, could put Bhutia’s candidature under cloud as he was proposed by an eminent sportsperson. and has been approved.
“Due to the suggested changes in the electoral college, the process of election may need to be started ‘afresh’ as ​​changes in the electoral roll may affect the validity of certain nomination forms that may be proposed/approved. Khiladi members who are now being prayed for to be excluded from the electoral rolls,” the government’s petition read.
The government also filed a petition seeking modification of the election schedule approved by the apex court in its August 3 order, but said that the returning officer and his assistant, appointed by the CoA to conduct the AIFF elections on August 28, need to be continued. be allowed.
“… for election on 13.08.2022 (the date of election notification) from the prescribed forum directly on the basis of the electoral rolls of the representatives of the member unions which have already been published excluding 36 sportspersons.
“And is pleased to direct the Returning Officers to complete all phases of the election with such changed dates till the counting of votes and declaration of results, as this Hon’ble Court may be pleased to specify.”
The government also proposed that the AIFF’s executive committee could have 23 members, including six eminent sportspersons.
“The 17 members (including the President, a Treasurer and a Vice-Chairman) shall be elected by the above electoral college.
“Out of the six eminent payers, four will be men and two will be women. Eminent sportspersons can be nominated (co-opted) to the Election Commission and will have voting rights on the executive committee, thus representing about 25 per cent of the total.” Percentage of EC.”
The government said, “The problem facing the country is serious and it is of utmost importance that India does not lose its right to host the prestigious FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, 2022 and neither does the country’s outstanding football players (regardless of age). ) group) are deprived of participation in international competitions.
“An grace by this Hon’ble Court is the only way forward and will serve the larger interest of the nation.
“This Hon’ble Court has the power to do complete justice and it will be one of the rarest cases where this Hon’ble Court can, if necessary, dilute any procedural rules to do complete justice.”