Abhinav Bindra to officially select Indian archers

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Abhinav Bindra to officially select Indian archers
Abhinav Bindra to officially select Indian archers

New Delhi : The World Archery has officially appointed the Olympic Gold medal winner Abhinav Bindra as an “independent person” to oversee a selection panel which will select Indian archers for the upcoming World Youth Championship in August.

The global body of archery had delisted the Archery Association of India, on Wednesday, for unanimously electing two parallel bodies in Chandigarh and New Delhi. Also, the elections that took place in the AAI was not deemed valid and officers elected were not considered legal representatives by WA.

The WA has allowed Indian athletes to take part in all the events till July; on 31st of the same month Supreme Court is expected to give its verdict on the controversial elections of AAI before deciding whether to suspend the Indian body.  

The World Archery in their official statement said, “The board decided that Indian athletes would be permitted to compete at the fourth stage of the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Berlin, the test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the 2019 World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid.”

However, they strictly mentioned that the Indian entries will not be accepted if they are cleared by the existing selection committee of AAI. “Entries for the will only be accepted from a selection committee that includes representatives of the national sports ministry and Indian Olympic Association,” read the official statement.