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AFI withdraws recognition from Bangalore 10K International Run

In a big blow to the organizers of the Sunfeast 10km International Run to be hled in Bangalore on May 23, the Athletics Federation of India today withdrew its recognition and asked its athletes not to take part in the event.



New Delhi: In a big blow to the organizers of the Sunfeast 10km International Run to be hled in Bangalore on May 23, the Athletics Federation of India today withdrew its recognition and asked its athletes not to take part in the event.

With top Indian athletes being barred by the AFI, the
event which was last year granted IAAF`s highest `Gold` label,
is expected to lose much of the sheen.

"The AFI has not sanctioned permission to Procam
International to conduct the Sunfeast 10km International Run
in Bangalore on May 23 as the organisers had not followed AFI
procedures," an AFI release said.

"Any AFI affiliated unit, Boards, Clubs, athletes and
officials taking part or associating themselves in any manner
with the event will be liable to face disciplinary action,
including suspension, as provided for in the AFI
constitution," AFI Secretary-General Lalit Bhanot said in the
release.

Apparently the AFI wanted the organisers to hold the
event on a date prescribed by the federation as the Indian
athletes would be preparing for the Commonwealth Games.

The AFI annual general meeting in Manesar early this
month had taken the decision that the federation would have a
major say in deciding when to hold the road-running events and
marathons.

"India`s best distance runners could be affected by road
running, especially in the year of the Commonwealth Games and
Asian Games. It is surprising that Procam International, whose
representative was present at the AFI annual general meeting
in Manesar, should go ahead and attempt to organise the event
despite not having AFI`s permission to conduct it," Bhanot
said.

"AFI reiterates that its annual calendar has been drawn
up carefully against the backdrop of the preparation of the
athletes for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games," he
added.

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