JAMMU, MAY 16: There was a big sigh of relief for Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) as world body governing volleyball across the globe viz Federation International-de-Volleyball (FIVB) lifted provisional suspension against Indian volleyball body, which was imposed in December 2016 after two factions in Indian volleyball arena wrestled to attain supremacy on VFI.
This significant news for Indian volleyball stakeholders was made public by VFI on Tuesday night. The Federation said that the FIVB was convinced that its Indian counterpart was now in a position to independently administer the sport in the country and hence lifted the suspension. “Recognition of the VFI by Indian Government after ascertaining that its elections held in April 2016 were in accordance with the applicable rules and the National Sports Code also worked favourably for the Indian body”, said VFI Secretary General Ramavtar Singh Jakhar in a release. “Indian volleyball team will now be able to proudly participate in all International tournaments under Indian flag with full passion and fervour,” he said. “Our national teams had been playing a few tournaments under Indian Olympic Association’s flag,” said Jakhar.
The FIVB had imposed the suspension on December 9, 2016 after the VFI President Avadesh Chaudhary moved to court challenging his ouster and Federation’s proposal to hold fresh elections. Delhi High Court had earlier permitted the VFI to hold its elections on April 11, 2016 as scheduled but said that the results would be released by the Court only a year later, on April 27, 2017. The office bearers of Volleyball Association of J&K led by Raj Daluja (Patron-in-Chief), Sidharth Daluja (President), Kuldip Magotra (CEO), H S Gill (Executive Vice-President), Vijay Magotra (General Secretary) and R C Sharma (Treasurer) congratulated Secretary General Volleyball Federation of India, Ram Avtar Jakhar on the historical achievement of revocation of provincial suspension of Volleyball Federation of India by FIVB.