The Supreme Court on Monday directed that the three-member committee of administrators appointed to conduct the affairs of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) be deemed to be dismissed. The committee was headed by former Supreme Court judge AR Dave. After this decision of the Supreme Court, FIFA can now lift the ban from AIFF. The Supreme Court said that it has modified its earlier order to organize the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in India and the suspension imposed by the International Football Federation (FIFA) on the AIFF.
Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna adjourned the August 28 elections by a week to allow changes in the electoral rolls and the nomination process to begin. The bench said that there should be 36 representatives of state and union territory associations in the voter list for the AIFF elections as demanded by FIFA.
The Supreme Court gave this order on the Sports Ministry’s appeal to change the earlier order after talks with FIFA. The Supreme Court said Umesh Sinha and Tapas Bhattacharya, the election officers appointed by the CoA for the election of AIFF, will be deemed to be appointed by the court. The court also directed that the day-to-day affairs of the AIFF would be handled by the body’s acting general secretary. It said that the working committee of the AIFF will have 23 members including six eminent sportspersons (two female players).
The Supreme Court had on August 17 asked the Center to revoke the suspension imposed by FIFA on the AIFF and play a proactive role in ensuring the hosting of the U-17 Women’s World Cup in India. In a blow to India on 16 August, FIFA suspended the AIFF citing unnecessary third party interference and also said that the Under-17 Women’s World Cup could not be held in India as per the pre-determined schedule. . The Under-17 Women’s World Cup is to be held from October 11 to 30.