Ministry of Sports agrees to FIFA’s demands and files request to revoke ban from Indian Football Federation

The Sports Ministry’s decision, a day before a crucial Supreme Court hearing, can be seen as a bid to save the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup scheduled for October, the agency reports. PTI press.

The game’s world governing body had on August 15 imposed a ban on the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) due to “third party interference” and said the centerpiece of the women’s age group “cannot currently be held in India as planned”.

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The government, in its bid, agreed to virtually all of FIFA’s demands, including ending the term of the SC-appointed CoA and banning individual members from the Electoral College.

He, however, said the waiver led by ousted Praful Patel should be barred from the AIFF.

“…this Hon’ble Court may be pleased to…order that the day-to-day management of the AIFF be carried out by the administration of the AIFF headed by the Acting Secretary General to the exclusion of the organ previously elected and of the CoA will have no role in the administration of the AIFF from 22.08.2022,” the application reads.

“…to demand that the CoA submit the final draft constitution to this Hon’ble Court by the end of 23.08.2022, and that the term of the COA be declared fully terminated from 23.08.2022.” In its statement during the suspension of the AIFF, FIFA had stated that the lifting of the suspension of the AIFF would be subject to the complete repeal of the mandate of the CoA. FIFA also said it wanted the AIFF administration “to be fully in charge of the day-to-day affairs of the AIFF”.

FIFA has said it wants an independent election committee to be elected by the AIFF General Assembly to organize the elections for a new executive committee.”

He had also stated that the AIFF should hold its elections on the basis of pre-existing members of the AIFF” (i.e. state associations only without individual members).

After the SC approved the holding of the AIFF elections on August 28, the process of filing nomination papers was completed on Saturday.

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Seven candidates, including the legendary Bhaichung Bhutia, have filed nomination papers for president, although the returning officer rejected two on Sunday after the nominator and linebacker said they had not signed any documents no candidate.

One of the government’s pleas, that of not allowing prominent actors as individual members of the electoral college, if accepted by the SC, may put Bhutia’s candidacy under a cloud as it was proposed and seconded by one prominent actor each.

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