Railway archers likely to be allowed to take part in AAI meets

Jamshedpur: The Railway Ministry is likely to allow its archers to participate in national meets conducted by Archery Association of India (AAI).

Nearly a year ago, the Railway Sports Promotion Board in a circular, dated March 22, had asked archers employed with the Railways not to participate in any tournament conducted by AAI following its de-recognition by the Government of India.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports said in a clarification, dated December 11, that the withdrawal of government recognition to AAI did not prohibit participation of archers in national meets organised by it.

It said that meritorious archers who fulfilled the eligibility for consideration for appointment to Group C and erstwhile Group D central government posts, need not be denied opportunity.

Archers were also not to be denied incentives such as special increments, out of turn promotions.

The letter said that since the withdrawal of government recognition to AAI was not to hurt sportspersons belonging to archery, the Railway Ministry must restore the facility of providing railway concessions to them to participate in National Archery Championships, National Ranking Tournaments and Selection trials.

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