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Government de-recognises 54 NSFs including AIFF and Hockey India

Government de-recognises 54 NSFs including AIFF and Hockey India

The Bridge Desk

Published: 27 Jun 2020 9:27 AM GMT

The Indian government has issued a blanket order to de-recognise 54 National Sports Federations, including major NSFs like All India Football Federation (AIFF), Hockey India, All India Tennis Association (AITA) and Boxing Federation of India (BFI).

SPS Tomar, Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, wrote an official letter to the Director General of Sports Authority of India, stating,

"I am directed to refer to this Ministry's letter of even number dated 02.06.2020 regarding 'Renewal of annual recognition of National Sports Federations for the year 2020' and to say that its compliance of the Order dated 24.06.2020 passed by the Hon'ble Delhi High Court in WP (C) No. 195/2020, the Department's letter of even number dated 02.06.2020 granting provisional annual recognition of 54 NSFs stands withdrawn."

The government will now restrict the funding the activities of these NSFs, including practice camps and competitions. This will not have immediate impact as due to COVID-19, sporting activities have come to a freeze. However, training camps for boxing and wrestling were scheduled to resume from July; which may be adversely affected if the govt stops issuing funds.

Earlier, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs had granted the annual recognition on a provisional basis to the NSFs but on Wednesday a bench of the Delhi High Court issued a stay on that order, saying,

“MYSA shall issue a fresh notice within two days intimating all the 54 NSFs concerned that its order giving provisional renewal till September 30, stands recalled. As and when a fresh application is moved by the ministry, the notice shall be placed on record.”

There is, however, enough time for the NSFs to appeal this decision and try to have it reversed or obtain a stay order on it.

Here's a full list of the NSFs that have been named in the letter:

All India Chess Federation of India

All India Football Federation

All India Sports council of the Deaf

All India Tennis Association

All India Carrom Federation

Amateur Baseball Federation of India

Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India

Amateur Soft Tennis Federation of India

Athletic Federation of India

Atya Patya Federation of India

Badminton Association of India

Ball Badminton Federation of India

Basketball Federation of India

Billiards & Snookers Federation of India

Boxing Federation of India

Bridge Federation of India

Cycle Polo Federation of India

Cycling Federation of India

Equestrian Federation of India

Fencing Association of India

Handball Federation of India

Hockey India

India Polo Association

Indian Body Builders Federation

Indian Kayaking & Canoeing Association

Indian Pencak Silat Federation

Indian Rugby Football Union

Indian Triathlon Federation

Indian Weightlifting Federation

Judo Federation of India

Karate Association of India

Kho-Kho Federation of India

KIFI Association (Kudo International Federation India)

Mallakhamb Federation of India

National Rifle Association of India

Netball Federation of India

Roll Ball Federation of India

Roller Skating Federation of India

Sepak Takraw Federation of India

Shooting Ball Federation of India

Softball Association of India

Special Olympics Bharat

Squash Racket Federation of India

Swimming Federation of India

Table Tennis Federation of India

Tenni Koit Federation of India

Tennis Ball Cricket Federation of India

Ten-Pin Bowling Federation of India

The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India

Tug-of War Federation of India

Volley Ball Federation of India

Wrestling Federation of India

Wushu Association of India

Yachting Association of India

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