Bhaichung Bhutia on filing nomination for AIFF President post

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Bhaichung Bhutia will participate in the AIFF elections

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bhaichung Bhutia has submitted his nomination for the post of AIFF President
  • The elections are scheduled to take place on September 2nd
  • FIFA has suspended the AIFF due to interference by third parties
Indian football has faced its biggest crisis in recent times when FIFA suspended the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for “third party interference”. This was the result of the Supreme Court’s removal of Praful Patel and the appointment of a Management Committee (Coa) to lead the Board.

To lift the suspension, SC removed the CoA’s powers and returned control of its day-to-day affairs to AIFF, with the association’s acting secretary assuming responsibility. A permanent head of the organization will be appointed next when the September 2 elections take place.

Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia has submitted his nomination for the big role. Widely regarded as one of India’s greatest footballers, Bhutia has the support of the Rajasthan and Andra Pradesh (FA) Football Associations.

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Speaking about the decision to contest the election, Bhutia explained that he sees this as the perfect opportunity to give back to the sport that has given him so much. The ex-India captain explained that given the bans, the sport needs reform in the country.

“Today I’ve only become what I’ve become because of football. I am therefore a Padmashri. I played for India for 16 years – this is my moment to give something back to my sport. It needs reforms with bans,” he told Bhutia in an interaction after submitting his nomination.

Bhutia added that he was not new to the workings of the AIFF and hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for helping the sport grow in the country. “I’m not new to AIFF. I work with the government and the Ministry of Sport. The government supports all athletes. Our Prime Minister is helping sport grow in India,” he added.
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Bhutia played a total of 80 games for India, scoring 26 goals. In 2011 he retired from the sport.

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