There’s a brand new twist to the tussle between the 2 desk tennis associations in Kerala which has now entered its fifth 12 months.
The Table Tennis Association of Kerala (TTAK), which is affiliated to the nationwide physique TTFI, now claims that the Kerala Table Tennis Association (KTTA), which had been operating the game for practically 65 years earlier than the TTFI derecognised it in 2018, had been disaffiliated by the Kerala State Sports Council (KSSC) in its AGM held at Thycaud in Thiruvananthapuram in February 2020.
When the KSSC’s standing committee had derecognised the KTTA by an order dated September 26, 2019, the latter moved court docket saying that due process had not been adopted within the disqualification. It argued that solely the KSSC’s normal physique, and never the standing committee, had the ability to derecognise an affiliation. The High Court verdict got here in its favour and the KSSC was pressured to grant recognition to it once more.
In a bid to finish the two-association downside, which noticed every affiliation conducting its personal State championship leaving gamers confused, TTAK secretary Michael Mathai had filed an RTI software concerning the difficulty.
He is now satisfied that the reply to his RTI software would finish the confusion.
“The Sports Council’s reply to my RTI application says that all decisions taken by the standing committee after 21-05-2019 have been ratified by the general body held in Thiruvananthapuram on February 19, 2020. So that includes the disaffiliation of the KTTA by the KSSC’s standing committee in September 2019,” Michael instructed The Hindu on Friday.
“And with the standing committee’s order disaffiliating the KTTA being ratified by the KSSC’s general body, the disaffiliation process has been completed. The issue is over.”
Michael has additionally written to the KSSC president Mercy Kuttan concerning this and has requested the Sports Council why it has not introduced this to the discover of the High Court.
But the KTTA nonetheless believes that it has the KSSC’s recognition.
“Ask him (Michael) to give the proof,” mentioned Vijay Arjundas Lulla, the KTTA secretary. “The Sports Council had sent its observer for all our State and district championships, even for the recent one. If we are a disaffiliated body, that would not have happened.”
With that being the scenario, one had tried to talk to the KSSC president. But Mercy didn’t reply calls or reply to the message from this correspondent.