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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
How the bitter Volleyball Federation of India feud is hurting India
Subtle politicking and one-upmanship in national sports federations are nothing new in India. Take the latest case of the Volleyball Federation of India (VFI). The
body has been rocked by bitter feuding between its president Chaudhary
Avadhesh Kumar and secretary Ramavtar Jakhar – bickering came to the
fore when VFI president Chaudhary Avadhesh Kumar announced the holding
of the Indian Volleyball League (IVL) for men, women and beach version
in June-July and October and the beach version in January 2017.
league’s announcement triggered a war of words between Chaudhary
Avadhesh Kumar and Ramavtar Jakhar, with both accusing each other of
hijacking the event for their own personal interests. The mudslinging
went on even as the VFI president had announced a tie-up with
Sportzlive, a Delhi-based sports marketing and branding company.
seeds of bitterness were sown then and culminated in Ramavtar Jakhar
calling a meeting in Chennai with the secretary claiming that he has the
support of most state units, which looked a far cry as VFI’s Emergent
Executive Committee meeting in Nagpur was attended by 14 state units
with four or five units skipping both meetings.
The VFI president
has termed the Chennai meeting as ‘illegal’ since neither the president
nor the one-third members of the VFI units have requested to call for
it. So what does mean is that VFI president Chaudhary Avadhesh Kumar is
now on a strong footing to run the affairs of the Federation.
Patiala House Court has recognised the Emergent Executive Committee,
presided over by the President, as official. Ramavtar Jakhar did
everything possible to scupper the pitch as he moved the Chennai High
Court to grant a stay on the Nagpur Emergent Executive Committee meeting
but he was in for a disappointment as the Chennai High Court has
refused to give stay on the meeting.
Now the body spearheaded by
VFI president Chaudhary Avadhesh Kumar, decided on its future course of
action and agreed to hold its annual general meeting on April 15 at
Hotel Inderlok in Dehradun.
The AGM could see Ramavtar Jakhar and
his cronies being penalised for their unbecoming act. The antics of
Ramavtar Jakhar ensured the need for a new secretary – the post filled
up by K. Nandkumar of Karnataka, who has taken up the job on an interim
It is learnt that some state units supporting Ramavtar
Jakhar have been suspended and will be replaced by the new state
office-bearers. “There was no need for Ramavtar Jakhar to
resort to such behaviour. Chaudhary Avadhesh Kumar deserves to run the
affairs as almost all state units are backing him. This incident has
surely dented the reputation of the VFI,” said a VFI official.
One hopes that the ongoing storm in VFI blows over for the betterment of Indian volleyball.