AIFF doors likely to be shut for politicians, bureaucrats: Report

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A proposed revamp in the All-India Football Federation may spell the end of politicians’ and bureaucrats rein in the All-India Football Federation.

The Supreme Court-appointed ombudsmen SY Quraishi has reportedly suggested sweeping changes in the All-India Football Federation (AIFF) constitution, according to a Times of India report.

Former Chief Election Commissioner of India Quraishi, after his cleansing act in the Archery Association of India, is now working with former India football captain Bhaskar Ganguly to prepare a new constitution draft for the AIFF. “The constitution is getting ready. We have invited comments from certain people, from the federation and others. Comments have now been received and we are examining them. We will take a final call soon,” TOI has quoted Quraishi as saying.

Quraishi has already assured the exit of politicians and bureaucrats from the Archery Association. Similar recommendations are on the cards for the AIFF, presently headed by the NCP Rajya Sabha MP Praful Patel.

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“If you have seen the archery constitution, broadly the same principle will apply. But we will see what kind of comments have been received (from the stakeholders),” Quraishi has told the national daily.

“The broad principle will continue because that principle is borrowed from the BCCI judgment of the Supreme Court,”  Quraishi has added in an obvious reference to the politicians and public servants presence in the football governing body.

The AIFF has reportedly objected to some suggestions like a cap on employing the person who are above 60 years of age and considering the vice-presidents as office-bearers. There is also considerable opposition to a former footballer being handed a direct spot in the executive committee.

“Our major concern was that there is individual membership to the general body (in the draft constitution) which is not acceptable as per the FIFA constitution or AFC for that matter,” said AIFF general secretary Kushal Das has told TOI.

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