Monday , October 3 2022

Supreme Court removes COA, hands AIFF day to day affairs back to federation management!

The Supreme Court of India on Monday, August 22 upon the request of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports once more looked into the case against the All India Football Federation (AIFF) following the ban by FIFA, which resulted in India losing the right to host the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup besides national teams and clubs unable to participate in international competitions and matches.

The Supreme Court terminated the Committee of Administrators (CoA) it set up to look into the drafting of a new AIFF constitution which is conform with the Indian Sports Code in 2017 and then in May 2022 asked to manage the AIFF day to day affairs after removing the Praful Patel led executive committee.

From now on, the AIFF affairs will be managed again by the AIFF administration headed by the Acting Secretary General Sunando Dhar giving back the powers to Football House.

The Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and A.S. Bopanna also extended the AIFF election programme by one week from the scheduled August 28 though it is unclear who all are eligible to stand for the elections or not.

Now with the COA removed, the focus now shifts back to FIFA and if this Supreme Court judgement is enough for them to lift the ban on the AIFF.

Click here to read the full order by the Supreme Court.

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