World Championship: India’s gymnastic headache continues

New Delhi: With the Sports Ministry requesting the Federation Internationale de Gymnatisque (FIG) to allow the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) committee to select gymnasts for the upcoming World Championship in Artistic Gymnastics, FIG Secretary General Nicolas Buampane has replied to the mail and stressed on good governance and fairness in sports.

In the mail, Buampane has said that the endeavour to see an end to internal problems in the Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI) is something that even the FIG stresses on and that is why it has tried to support the IOA.

"Firstly, we would like to stress that Good Governance and Fairness in Sport are not empty words for us, but something we constantly fight for. It is in this spirit that over the last years, we have tried to support our National Federation in India (GFI) and helped to solve their internal problems, which seem to be never ending. It is in this sense that we have also -- as far as possible -- supported the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in this endeavour.

"We have threatened GFI twice to suspend them, should they not organise elections in time and respecting their statutes. We shall suspend them, should they not hold their elections as agreed. We are therefore grateful to the IOA and their respective committee to have undertaken this very important step in cooperation with and the support of GFI," the mail read.

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