New Delhi, 11th March: President of the Volleyball Federation of India, Chaudhary Avadhesh Kumar, has termed the Ramavtar Jakhar and K Murugan-led faction’s decision to dissolve the VFI and call for fresh election as unconstitutional and illegal. Post a meeting in Chennai where Jakhar and Murugan called suspended members for a meeting, dissolved the house and called for mid-April elections. President termed the whole meeting as nothing less than a fiasco, and their decisions as no less than a joke.
Avadhesh Kumar said, “this was expected of Jakhar and Murugan. Since they couldn’t find a lot of support in the VFI, they decided to dissolve the federation.”
President added that the meeting in Chennai itself was a staged one. “The members who attended the meeting have been suspended for three years. Further, I have heard from media and my sources that the crowd present in the meeting had nothing to do with VFI, and were only called to make it look like there was a lot of support for them. It was a pure gimmick, something that shouldn’t be paid any heed to.”
Interestingly, the Jakhar-led faction dissolved the federation without even involving the governing bodies like the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) and Indian Olympic Association (IOA). “I hope that they have dissolved their own faction. As far as the VFI is concerned we are very much up and running and we have support from AVC and IOA. I have already written to IOA and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India about the stand taken by The Asian Volleyball Confederation on the ongoing matter in VFI. Accordingly I have called the AGM in Dehradun on 15th April 2016. A new pro Volleyball Federation will be made and that will have support of all the sporting bodies in India as well as in the World,” Avadhesh said.
K Nandkumar, Interim Secretary General also termed that dissolution of house as no less than comic. “Its like opposition in the Parliament meeting illegally and deciding to dissolve the Parliament. It just sounds funny. Exercising the rights that they don’t have.”
He has also retreated that as per the Asian Volleyball Confederation as well as the Constitution of the Federation any decision taken in an illegal and unconstitutional meeting is also illegal and does not have the binding or the support of AVC and VFI.