World football government FIFA has informed the Ministry of Sports that it remains steadfast in its opposition to the inclusion of individual members in the electoral college for the upcoming All India Football Federation (AIFF) elections. Seeking clarity on FIFA’s demands and the Ministry of Sports’ stance on India’s football imbroglio, the Committee of Trustees (CoA) received a notice from the ministry on Monday, according to sources in the know. “In the letter, the union ministry of sports mentioned everything about the suggestions made by FIFA during their meeting with the ministry,” a source said.
FIFA wants individual members of the electoral college to come from the state associations and other entities.
The ministry’s letter came a day after the CoA wrote to them asking for concrete advice based on FIFA’s requirements and the ministry’s position on them.
“We have expressed our position on AIFF in a written response to the CoA which will be presented to the court at the next hearing,” said a ministry official without elaborating.
Everything will be put before the Supreme Court on August 17 – Wednesday – which is also the last date of submission of the nomination for the post of AIFF president, which has been vacant since the impeachment of Praful Patel by the highest court.
FIFA had also previously said it was “not a wise idea” to have an equal number of leading players alongside representatives from the state association. However, the world organization approves that the executive committee has 25 percent of former players as co-opted members.
Elections to the AIFF executive committee will be held on August 28 and the polling process has begun after notification by the returning official, at the behest of the SC handling the case.
The highest court had approved the AIFF election timeline prepared by the CoA, which currently governs the affairs of the national federation.
Nomination papers may be submitted by candidates from August 17-19 and delivered to the Returning Officer in person or by post.
The inclusion of an equal number of eminent players in the electoral college had become a point of contention since FIFA voiced its opposition to the move.
Last Thursday, the SC allowed the ministry to play a positive role in addressing the matter, while making it clear that it wants the country to host the U-17 Women’s World Cup in October at all costs.
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