The Delhi High Court has appointed Justice P. Krishna Bhat, a former judge of the Karnataka High Court, to oversee the election process of the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) as per the National Sports Code and Model Election Guidelines.
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- The administrator’s appointment is effective immediately and will continue until a newly-elected body takes charge of BFI.
- The court has instructed the administrator to ensure the election process is concluded as soon as possible.
- This decision was made in response to several petitions regarding the election of office bearers and executive committee members for the term 2023-2027.
- The court emphasized that national sports federation elections must be conducted democratically, with clear, fair, and transparent rules.
- In this case, the rejection of nomination forms would result in the exclusion of a large number of state representatives from participating, which is unacceptable.
- Out of 30 nomination forms, 15 were rejected, and five candidates withdrew their nominations, leaving no contest for electing BFI office-bearers.
- Additionally, 27 members of the electoral college have expressed dissatisfaction with the selection process of candidates.
About the Basketball Federation of India (BFI)
- The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) is the governing body for the sport of basketball in India.
- It was founded in 1950 and is affiliated with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
- The BFI is headquartered in New Delhi and is recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports as the National Sports Federation (NSF) for basketball in India.
- The BFI has both men’s and women’s national basketball teams that compete in international tournaments such as the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the FIBA Asia Cup, and the Asian Games.
- The BFI also conducts various national-level basketball championships for both men and women, such as the Senior National Basketball Championships, Junior National Basketball Championships, and Sub-Junior National Basketball Championships.
- The BFI has been instrumental in the growth and development of basketball in India over the years, with initiatives such as grassroots development programs, coaching clinics, and talent identification programs.
- The BFI has faced various challenges and controversies in the past, including disputes over the leadership of the organization and allegations of financial mismanagement. However, it continues to be a key organization in the Indian sports landscape, with a focus on promoting and developing the sport of basketball in the country.
What is The National Sports Code?
- The National Sports Code is a set of guidelines established by the Indian government to regulate the functioning of national sports federations and promote transparency and accountability in their operations.
- The code outlines rules and regulations related to the election of office-bearers, tenure, age, and a cooling-off period, among other things.
- It also aims to ensure that sports federations are run democratically and that athletes receive the necessary support and resources to compete at the national and international levels.
- The code was first introduced in 2011 and has since been amended several times to incorporate new developments and feedback from stakeholders.
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What is the role of the Basketball Federation of India (BFI)?
The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) is responsible for the promotion, development, and organization of basketball in India. It is the governing body of basketball in India and is affiliated with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The organizes national-level basketball championships, selects Indian teams for international tournaments, and provides training and development opportunities to players, coaches, and referees. The BFI also works to raise awareness of basketball in India and to increase participation in the sport.
When was the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) formed?
The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) was formed in 1950 and is headquartered in New Delhi. It is recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports as the National Sports Federation (NSF) for basketball in India.