The Assam Wrestling Association (AWA), in its petition filed in the Gauhati High Court seeking the right to participate in the election process, claimed that it was also entitled to become a member of the WFI.
The delayed election of the Wrestling Federation of India has been put forward again on Monday, July 17, as the Gauhati High Court fixed July 28 as the next date of hearing on a petition by the Assam Wrestling Federation. The WFI elections were to be held on July 11, but were stayed by the Gauhati High Court following a petition by the Assam Wrestling Association (AWA) seeking the right to participate in the election process.
The Assam Wrestling Association claimed that it was entitled to become a member of the WFI with voting rights, but on 15 November 2014, the national federation refused to recognize it, despite a recommendation from the executive committee. AWA’s counsel Devjit Saikia told PTI that the matter has been listed for next hearing on July 28.
Affidavit will have to be filed by July 26
Devjit Saikia said, ‘WFI’s counsel did not appear in the court. The representative of the Sports Ministry, one of the respondents, sought a week’s time to file his affidavit. The court then asked him to file an affidavit by July 26 and listed the matter for July 28.
The ad-hoc committee set up to run the wrestling association had fixed June 25 as the last date for sending names for the voter list and the Gauhati High Court stayed the election process on the same day. The petitioner submitted that the election process should be stopped until his organization is recognized by the WFI and is able to nominate its representative to the electoral roll.
WFI had fixed May 7 as the date of election
The Wrestling Federation of India had fixed May 7 as the date for the election before it was suspended by the Sports Ministry. Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, after meeting the protesting wrestlers, had said that the WFI elections would be held by June 30.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) again announced that the elections would be held in July, but the returning officer fixed the new date as 6 July 2023. After this, the returning officer again extended the date of election by five days to July 11 after five unrecognized state units claimed to be eligible to vote.