Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Sports Council (KSSC), which met here on Wednesday, withdrew the recognition of Kerala Volleyball Association (KVA) and suspended the state chess and kabaddi associations with immediate effect.
The action was initiated after finding severe irregularities in the functioning of the three associations, Council president T. P. Dasan said.
The decision to terminate the recognition of the KVA will be reported to the Volleyball Federation of India (VFI). Inquiries revealed that the body functioned in gross violation of the code of ethics and operational rules. In spite of issuing several notices and warnings, the association had failed to take corrective measures, the Council president added.
It was found out that a majority of the state-level and district-level office-bearers of the KVA continued to hold the same post over a period of twelve years in violation of the norms.
As per rules, secretaries of state and district associations should be a person of proven record in sports, having represented the state or the district in state or national championships at some level. But the KVA had failed to comply with the guidelines.
With the termination of the recognition, there will be no validity for the certificates issued by the KVA.
According to the Council president, now it is up to the Volleyball Federation of India to put an alternative mechanism in place.
The Chess Association of Kerala (CAK) was suspended after it was found out that the body was functioning on the whims and fancies of a section of office-bearers including the association secretary.
The State Kabaddi Association was suspended pending inquiry into the irregularities in team selections. An emergency general body meeting will be convened to discuss the allegations leveled against the association, T.P. Dasan said.
The gross irregularities in the functioning of the kabaddi association were brought to light by Malayala Manorama.
A general body meeting will be called to resolve the issues within the State Wushu Association as well. New office bearers will be appointed through elections, the KSSC secretary said.
The Sports Council will also look into the allegations against the state roller skating, cycle polo, and boxing associations.
The Council lauded the efforts of the agency which was roped in for the publicity campaign for the recently concluded FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Apart from the secretary, the meeting was attended by Council vice-president Olympian Mercy Kuttan and secretary Sanjayan Kumar.