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Sports Ministry Revokes Suspension of Paralympic Committee

On March 5, 2024, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports revoked the suspension of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) with immediate effect after the Committee rescheduled its polls.

The delay in holding elections led to PCI’s suspension in February. As there was a two-month gap between the expiry of the previous Executive Committee’s term and the scheduled election date, the PCI was held to be in violation of its constitution as well as the National Sports Development Code, 2011. Consequently, PCI’s recognition was suspended, and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) was directed to constitute an ad-hoc committee by coordinating with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). This ad-hoc committee was to oversee the PCI’s operations and conduct elections as well.

On the other hand, IPC refused¬†to intervene and form the ad-hoc committee, highlighting that the Ministry’s issues concerned national laws and regulations. Following this development, the Ministry directed the PCI to conduct elections within 21 days, and accordingly, the Committee rescheduled its polls for March 9.¬†

The decision to revoke PCI’s suspension was taken in light of the stage of the election process and the fact that the PCI was set to host the Shooting World Cup from March 6 to 15.

On the said rescheduled day, two-time Paralympic gold medalist and javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia was elected unopposed as the PCI President. Incidentally, the other new office-bearers were also elected unopposed.