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Sony TV acquires exclusive archery broadcast rights for the Indian sub-continent



Mumbai: World Archery and Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited (SPN) have signed an exclusive broadcast deal that will see broadcast of major international archery events across eight territories of the Indian sub-continent: India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Maldives. The agreement covers the 2019 Hyundai Archery World Cup season and the 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships, which acts as the primary qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The profile of archery in India is rising thanks to world-class performances from athletes like Deepika Kumari, a five-time medallist at the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final and star of the Netflix documentary Ladies First, and World No. 8 Abhishek Verma. The Indian team announced its line-up for the upcoming international calendar in March. Kumari, Verma and the rest of the Indian world championship team will open the season at the first stage of the 2019 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Medellin, Colombia at the end of April.

Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head–Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India: “Our goal has always been to showcase the best of International sporting events and Sony Pictures Networks is strongly focused in expanding its international sports portfolio as well as growing its sports offerings. We are pleased to announce that we are the official broadcasters of the 2019 Hyundai Archery World Cup in India where viewers can look forward to seeing the Indian contingent perform and make its mark in this global arena.”

Prof Dr Ugur Erdener, President, World Archery: “Ever since Deepika Kumari’s victory at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, Indian archers have come within a few arrow’s widths of claiming titles at the sport’s biggest events. Archery is a sport of precision, patience and practice – and of rising popularity in the Indian sub-continent, where it is rooted in the region’s culture and history. We expect this new partnership with Sony to leverage the excitement of our international calendar to engage people with archery in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games”


Archery association president Rao quits after SC ruling




BVP Rao was elected as the AAI chief in December last year. Photo: Twitter

New Delhi: Archery Association of India president B.V.P. Rao has decided to resign from his post despite the Supreme Court asking him to continue as one of the administrators till fresh elections are held.

Rao, who was elected the AAI chief in December last year, resigned after the Supreme Court’s ruling to set aside the constitution of the national body of the sport as amended by Delhi High Court-appointed administrator S.Y. Quraishi.

The Supreme Court also relieved the administrator of his responsibilities and made some strong observation about the way he conducted elections.

Rao, however, told the IANS that he was resigning on his own. “While setting aside the constitution, the Supreme Court has asked current office bearers to work as committee of administrators and look after the day to day functioning of AAI. However, I have decided to resign,” Rao said.

“I have also not decided whether I will contest again when fresh elections are held,” added the former IAS officer.

While setting aside the new constitution and elections held in December, the two-member bench of the Supreme Court, Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi, said the administrators brought too many amendments in the constitution though he was asked to go by the National Sports Code only.

“We declare that the constitution of AAI is amended only to the extent of four amendments referred to in the order dated 4th December 2017, treating it as amended by an order of this court, without requiring to comply with any other formality. Rest of the amendments are declared null and void and non est in law.

“We also declare that all steps taken by the administrator on the basis of administrator’s constitution, including the elections conducted on 22nd December 2018 are null and void and non est in law,” the Supreme Court observed.

The bench said: “The administrator has no power to amend the constitution much less unilaterally, except for the four amendments approved by this court, for which no further formality was required to be undertaken. The administrator was obliged to conduct elections on the basis of such amended constitution in terms of the order of this court dated 4th December 2017. No more and no less.”

The Indian Olympic Association, which does not recognise the Rao-led AAI, welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision.

“It is victory for IOA and AAI. The Hon’ble apex court today set aside the constitution prepared by Mr. Quraishi. Both the IOA and the sports ministry had registered strong objections to the said constitution and the elections conducted in accordance with it,” the IOA said in a statement.

“IOA is completely in favour of transparency but the autonomy of the associations must be protected,” it added.

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