New Delhi: Disappointed that Vision India
programmes had been scrapped in Delhi and Tamil Nadu, the AIFF
has told the Asian Football Confederation to first ask the
state associations to change their constitutions before
launching Vision Asia projects.
The AFC had yesterday scrapped Vision India programmes in
Delhi and Tamil Nadu launched under Vision Asia project for
development of football mainly due to delay in amendment of
their constitutions to conform with FIFA standard.
"It is unfortunate that the Vision India-Delhi and Vision
India-Tamil Nadu were dropped. The main reason for dropping
these projects was non implementation of some of the AFC
Vision requirements: mainly bringing the Association
Constitution in line with the FIFA, AFC and AIFF Constitution
and starting a proper state/city League," AIFF General
secretary Alberto Colaco said.
"As the amendment of the Constitution seems to be the
major hurdle everywhere and this is the main requirement by
AFC, we have requested AFC to see that the Constitution of the
Vision States is amended before launching the Vision project,"
Vision India programme in Delhi was launched in 2004 but
the inaction by Delhi Soccer Association led to the national
capital losing a chance to raise its football standard.
With the stripping of Vision Asia Projects from Delhi and
Tamil Nadu, only Manipur and Kerala remained the two states in
the country where a full-fledged programme is being run.
The same project was launched in Goa last year while West
Bengal is in line for its implementation.
In fact, Delhi and Manipur were among the first projects
launched in Asia which has 11 different elements for specific
focus ranging from marketing, coach education, competition,
referees, women`s football, youth and grassroot development.
Manipur is running the project admirably well and it has
got praise from the AFC itself while Kerala is picking up
Vision Asia, which was started in 2004, is being
implemented in six geographical zones -- West Asia, South and
Central Asia, East Asia, China and India.
China and India were treated as an individual entity as
both countries, by virtue of their huge population, presented
an immense potential for progress to the top echelons of not
just Asian, but international football.