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Future of karatekas remain uncertain
SPORTS REPORTER
 GUWAHATI, Jan 31 - With the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) disaffiliating the Karate Association of India (KAI) for violating its constitution and guidelines, the future of the sport in Assam too remains in an uncertain state today.

The IOA took the decision during its Annual General Meeting on December 30.

“The AGM of IOA deliberated on governance issue of karate in India. The IOA had granted affiliation to KAI on 08/08/2017, subject to ratification of executive council/General Body. The ratification of KAI’s affiliation remained pending as there has been an increasing number of complaints about them in the last two years,” the IOA said in a letter to World Karate Federation (WKF).

“During the AGM, it was agreed that any national federation violating the principles of the constitution of IOA and its guidelines should not have the patronage of the Olympic movement in India. IOA unanimously decided to annul the affiliation of KAI and to discontinue any association with it,” said the letter addressed to WKF CEO Sara Wolff.

In September 2018, the IOA had constituted a three-member ad hoc committee to hold elections of KAI within 120 days after ruling that the tenure of the office bearers of the national sports federation expired and poll process has been delayed.

The IOA’s decision to form the ad hoc committee was challenged before the Delhi High Court but later withdrawn, according to the letter.

The KAI later held its polls (not under the supervision of the ad hoc committee of the IOA) in January last year and elected Likha Tara as president and Ambedkar Gupta as general secretary.

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