first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh(EDs: Recasts intro, updates with background)New Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI) A comprehensive National Sports Development Code, which is aimed at ensuring sports federations follow certain basic norms, is expected to be brought before Parliament for its approval in the monsoon session, Sports Minister Vijay Goel said today.Goel also warned that national sports federations should not expect anything from the government if they fail to comply with the provisions of the code.A nine-member government panel was formed in January this year to make recommendations for evolving a comprehensive code across all sports disciplines. The panel is expected to give its final report on the much delayed code soon.He also said that the Ministry has held discussions with various stakeholders on including Sports in the Concurrent list.The ministry will present the matter before the Cabinet for approval once it gets a feedback from all concerned.Speaking on a range of issues during an interaction with PTI journalists, Goel said he personally does not see any harm in letting politicians run National Sports Federations (NSFs).”When the IOA made two charge-sheeted people Life Presidents, we immediately swung into action and suspended the IOA. We respect the autonomy of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), IOA and other Federations but we also want transparency and accountability,” Goel said.”We want all Federations to follow the Sports Code and if they cannot, they should not expect anything from us. We work like Patrons. To fix their accountability, we have constituted a Sports Code review committee,” Goel said.advertisementAsked specifically about when the Code is expected to become a law, Goel said,” We can easily present it in the upcoming Parliament session.” The monsoon session of Parliament starts in July.Goel made it clear that not many changes are required in the already-framed Code.”The Sports Code, if implemented in its present form, is more than enough. Ninety per cent Federations are following it and others will have to fall in line. We have resolved the disputes in the Associations of karate, boxing, tennis and now we have set sights on archery and basketball. These will also be resolved soon,” he said.The age and tenure of the office-bearers and eligibility of voters in the elections of the Federations are two major issues addressed by the Sports Code.The proposed Code calls for one state one vote for all NSFs whereas in various associations such as the All India Tennis Association (AITA), a few states have more than one votes.The government panel which includes former Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra and legendary Prakash Padukone has been tasked with studying the existing sports governance frame work, issues relating to sports governance in the country, recent developments related to sports governance, including court judgments & international best practices and make recommendations on bringing out the Code.Recently, the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee had ruled that no minister or a serving bureaucrat be allowed to hold office in the BCCI. Similar provisions are being advocated for other sports as well.”It is my personal view that if a minister cannot devote time towards sports administration and remains outside, it is understandable but Federations cannot be run just by the players.”There are administrative, PR and other things for which other people are required. We have to see what is the character of the individual,” he said.”I will not see if he is bureaucrat or not. I will not talk about ministers, because maybe there is time constraint for them. I dont believe that politicians should not be there,” he added.Goel also said that government cannot be kept outside when it comes to important decisions such as bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan.Responding to a question on whether sports can be free from politics, he said, “All funds are given by the government. Its a democratic government. If an MP is doing something, he is doing so as a peoples representative.”Talking about the inclusion of sports in the concurrent list, Goel said the Ministry is awaiting a response from various stakeholders.”I had a meeting with the Dronacharya awardees, the Arjuna awardees, Olympic medallists. Then we had a (state) Sports Ministers meeting, PSUs meeting, Federations meeting and decided that sport will be taken to concurrent list.”The status is that we are awaiting comments from all stakeholders. As soon we get it, it will be given to the Cabinet.” PTI AT PM MRM GSNlast_img read more

first_imgepisodeNew Delhi, Dec 21 (PTI) The government today attacked the Congress for disrupting iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkars speech in the Rajya Sabha, saying the opposition party has lost its “direction and plot after change in its leadership”.Bowlers of opponent teams were unable to stop Tendulkar from making runs during his cricketing career, but unfortunately today in the Upper House the members of the Congress party stalled his maiden speech, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters here.”The Congress today behaved in an undemocratic manner in the Upper House by disrupting Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar from speaking on the important and non-political issue of sports and its development in the country,” Kumar said.Tendulkar could not initiate a short-duration discussion on the right to play and the future of sports in India.”Despite repeated requests from the Chairman of the House that he (Tendulkar) should be allowed to speak on this important and public interest issue, the Congress did not allow him to speak,” Kumar said.It seems that Congress has lost its direction and plot after the change in its leadership, the minister said in a veiled attack on new party president Rahul Gandhi.The stalemate in Parliament between the BJP and the Congress over Prime Minister Narendra Modis remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh continued.”After disrupting the Lok Sabha for several days, today they are participating in the discussion on supplementary demand for the grants. But in the Rajya Sabha, they are continuing to disrupt the proceedings,” the minister said, adding that the party was “totally confused”. PTI JTR SMNadvertisementlast_img read more