WFI Elections Put on Hold by Gauhati High Court Following Assam Wrestling Body’s Petition

Guwahati: The Gauhati High Court on Sunday issued a stay on the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) elections, originally scheduled for July 11, following a petition filed by the Assam Wrestling Association. The association claims that despite being entitled to WFI membership, it has not been granted affiliation, despite a previous recommendation by the WFI Executive Committee in November 2014.

The Assam Wrestling Association has filed a petition against the WFI, the ad-hoc body of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), and the Sports Ministry. They argue that without WFI affiliation, they are unable to nominate a representative to the electoral college, thus requesting a halt to the election process.

In response to the petition, the Gauhati High Court has directed the WFI ad-hoc body and the Sports Ministry not to proceed with the elections for the WFI Executive Committee until the next hearing. The court has scheduled the next hearing for July 17.

As a result of the court’s decision, the ad-hoc panel has set June 25 as the deadline for receiving names for the electoral college, with the election for the new governing body of the WFI now postponed from its original date of July 11.

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