National Sports Federations to reject proposed National Sports Development Bill
November 28, 2019 by admin
A grim battle between the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the government is on cards with the National Sports Federations (NSFs) on Sunday deciding to reject the National Sports Development Bill, the draft of which has been prepared by the Sports Ministry.The representatives of the NSFs are scheduled to meet the Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Monday to discuss the legislation, for which comments and suggestions were taken from various stake-holders and also public.Senior lawyer R K Anand will represent the IOA.The officials of the 25 out of the 34 NSFs met in New Delhi on Sunday ahead of the meeting with the ministry and decided to reject the proposed legislation, saying it is actually an effort by the government to overtake the sports bodies in the country.Vijay Kumar Malhotra, the acting President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) addressed the press after the meeting.”The Bill has been formulated in such a way that the government wants to take 100 per cent control of sports at every level. We are going to outrightly reject the Bill tomorrow. We will put forward our views to the government,” Malhotra, who is also President of the Archery Association of India, said.IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh said, “This is a large Bill and it has to be debated upon.”The issues being addressed in the Bill include demand for 25 per cent reservation for sportspersons in the election to various sports organisations, transparency and secret balloting in elections, sexual harassment of sportspersons and anti-doping law.advertisementIOA has also convened a meeting of its Executive Board on May 24 in the wake of the arrest of its President Suresh Kalmadi on charges of corruption.Maken has already asked the IOA to conduct fresh elections but Malhotra has rejected the demand.- With PTI inputs
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