New Delhi: The government could de-recognise Archery Association of India (AAI) if it re-elects its current president Vijay Kumar Malhotra for another term in the elections scheduled for Friday. Malhotra, 80, has been at the helm of AAI since 1978 and has decided to defy the sports code bill by the government and try his luck for another four-year term.
According to sports code, which has also been backed by the court of law, no official can remain the president of a national sports federation for more than 12 years or beyond the age of 72.
Malhotra is also the acting president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which would go to poll on November 25.
"If Malhotra gets elected again, we would then have no option but to de-recognise the AAI and stop all grants to them with immediate effect," a senior sports ministry official told The Telegraph on Wednesday.