The Supreme Court will finalise the draft constitution of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), which has been framed by the Committee of Administrators (CoA).

The elections of the AIFF will be held after the apex council finalises the constitution next week. The CoA had submitted the draft to the Supreme Court on Friday, the AIFF had said in a statement on July 16.

In a hearing on July 21, the bench said: “The committee of administrators have finalised the report and 250 comments were received by COA.”

The CoA, which has been appointed by the Supreme Court, comprises Justice (retired) Anil R Dave, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr SY Quraishi and former India captain Bhaskar Ganguly. The apex court directed the CoA to assist the Supreme Court in facilitating the adoption of the constitution and prepare electoral rolls for the purpose of conducting elections of the AIFF at the earliest.

AIFF Acting General Secretary, Sunando Dhar said: “After a lengthy set of discussions with various stakeholders, the draft Constitution of the AIFF has finally been submitted to the honourable court. I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the process on this swift move forward, and hope that with the new constitution in place, we can move ahead with developing Indian football.”

Dr Quraishi in a statement said: “After a lot of deliberation, we have finally narrowed down on a draft constitution that would put the AIFF in line with the National Sports Code, as well as help it function efficiently as a Member Association of the FIFA and the AFC. We are confident that with these set of changes, the Federation will now be in a good position to guide Indian football further ahead.”


India today