Praful Patel was unanimously chosen as the President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in the Annual General Body Meeting held at the Football House, the Headquarters of the All India Football Federation on Thursday.
The AGM and the Elections were held in the presence of Ms. Radhica Sreeman, the Regional Director of SAI who was present in the capacity of Observer on behalf of the Government of India, Mr. P. C. Makholia from the Sports Authority of India; Mr. Mun Si Song, representative Asian Football Confederation and Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran, FIFA Regional Developmental Officer, South and Central Asia. FIFA Consultant Monika Staab was also present on the occasion.
Kushal Das, the General Secretary of the AIFF mentioned the Elections were held as per the Spirit of the Sports Code. “The guidelines relating to age and tenure have been fully complied with. I would also like to mention, that contrary to the recent reports, the AIFF did circulate the Electoral College well in advance on November 23, 2012,” Das said.
Justice S. K. Agarwal, a Retired Judge of the Delhi High Court who was elected the Returning Officer, in the AIFF’s last Executive meeting in November, declared, “The Election have been held in consonance with the Sports Code guidelines and the AIFF Constitution at the same time. All nominated persons for the post of Office-bearers and Executive Committee members were elected unanimously. I declare all of them elected and would like to congratulate them.”
Thanking all the affiliated members, AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel said: “I express my gratitude to all for keeping the faith in me. The AIFF has been trying its best to live up to the expectations of the players, spectators and all other stake holders.”
Kushal Das highlighted the achievements of AIFF in 2012 including the initiatives taken for setting up of Youth Development Programmes (Academies), Grassroot Programmes and Coach Education Programmes.
LIST OF ELECTED MEMBERS:
Mr. Praful Patel (Re-elected as President).
Mr. Shrinivas V. Dempo (Vice-President, West).
Mr. K. M. I. Mather (Vice-President, South).
Mr. Subrata Dutta (Vice-President, East).
Mr. Subhash Chopra (Vice-President, North).
Mr. Larsing Sawyan (Vice-President, North-East).
Mr. Hardev Jadeja (Re-elected as Treasurer).
Mr. Amit Ranjan Dev (Re-elected as Executive Committee Member, West).
Mr. Franco Miranda (Executive Committee Member, West).
Mr. A. R. Khaleel (Executive Committee Member, South).
Mr. Menla Ethenpa (Executive Committee Member, East).
Mr. Ghulam Rabbani (Executive Committee Member, East).
Mr. Sunil Bharadwaj (Re-elected as Executive Committee Member, North).
Md. Shamsuddin (Executive Committee Member, North).
Mr. Ankur Datta (Executive Committee Member, North-East).
Mr. Ranjit Roy (Re-elected as Executive Committee Member, North-East).
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