The AIFF had recently conducted its elections, in which the former India captain has lost.
AIFF gets new president.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has got its new president. Former Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Kalyan Choubey defeated former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia. Choubey won this election by a margin of 33-1. A total of 34 states had participated in these elections, out of which Bhutia got the vote of only one state. This is the first time that the command of AIFF has come in the hands of a former football player.
FIFA recently banned AIFF. FIFA banned AIFF saying that there is third party interference in it. In fact, the Supreme Court had constituted a committee of administrators to oversee the functioning of the AIFF. This was considered by FIFA as third party interference and AIFF was banned. Then the Indian government had demanded the removal of the ban from FIFA, saying that by removing the COA and holding early elections, which was accepted.
Praful Patel’s reign ended
Praful Patel was earlier the President of AIFF. He was in this post since 2008 but had to leave this post in 2022. The Supreme Court had ordered his removal from the post. After this the problems of AIFF started increasing. After the ban of FIFA, India was also going to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup, although now the ban has been lifted, then this fear is over.
Choubey could not play for the senior team
Choubey has represented both the country’s legendary clubs Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. He played for India in different teams in the age group but never played for the senior team. Bhutia, whom Choubey has defeated, has once played with him in East Bengal. Choubey is the leader of Bharatiya Janata Party. He contested from Krishnanagar seat of West Bengal but lost.
Here are the rest of the members
Karnataka Football Association president and Congress MLA NA Haris won the lone vice-president’s post. He defeated Manvendra Singh of Rajasthan Football Association. Kippa Ajay of Arunachal Pradesh defeated Gopalkrishna Kosaraju of Andhra Pradesh to get the treasurer’s post. Kosaraju had proposed Bhutia’s name for the post of president while Manvendra supported him. The same number of candidates had filed nominations for the 14 members of the executive and they were elected unopposed.