Citing Archery Association of India's suspension, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday urged all the other National Sports Federations from doing anything that may lead to a similar situation ahead of Tokyo Olympics next year.
"Its really sad that archers Deepika Kumari and Ankita Bhakat were forced to compete under the IOC flag.
We don't want out athletes to compete under neutrala flag. The national sports federations must not do anything that leads to a suspension," Sports Minister said on the sidelines of an award felicitation ceremony adding that "there should not be any factions. All the federations have to come together and we are willing to help all."
The Archery Association of India was suspended due to fighting between two favtions and its failure to conduct free & fair election forcing the country's top archers to compete under the IOC flag. On Thursday, Deepika Kumari won a gold, while Ankita Bhakat bagged a silver at Asian Championships - the Continental Qualification Tournament held in Bangkok. With this, India is assured of at least one Olympic quota with top 3 archers qualifying with a maximum of one per NOC.