CCI by its order dated March 16, 2016 has ordered detailed
investigation against AFI for restricting organisation of marathons
without permission for AFI.
The case has been referred by the Department of Sports, Ministry
of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India. It was alleged that
AFI has decided in its Annual General Meeting held on 11-12 April,
2015 to take action against the state units/ officials/ athletes
who encourage unauthorised marathons without taking permission of
The CCI considered that in the market for 'provision of
services relating to organisation of athletic/ athletic activities
in India', AFI being the apex body for managing athletics in
India and by virtue of its association with International
Association of Athletics Federation(IAAF) and the Asian Athletics
Association (AAA) and Indian Olympic Association, it is controlling
athletic activities in the entire country. Thus, in relation to
organisation of athletic activities in India, AFI is the supreme
authority having control over all such events and activities. Thus,
AFI was considered to be enjoying a position of dominance in the
AFI is trying to impose discriminatory terms and conditions like
mandatory permission for conducting national and international
marathon meets and it is thereby restricting the entry of new
entrants into the relevant market. The said conduct of AFI prima
facie appears to be abuse of dominant position by AFI in terms of
the provisions of Section 4 of the Act. The Director General (DG)
has been directed to investigate the conduct of AFI for abuse of
(Source: CCI: Order dated February 16, 2016. For full text
see CCI website)
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