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BCCI pushes battle beyond the boundary

cricket Updated: Dec 25, 2011 23:54 IST

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Sports minister, Ajay Maken, concedes the BCCI is not only superrich, it is also the best-run national sports body. However, the Board is one of the most influential opponents of the Sports Bill. For starters, it has refused to register itself as a national sports federation (NSF), which will become mandatory once the Bill is passed, as otherwise it will not be recognised as a federation.

The Board argues that it does not get any financial assistance from the government and hence should not be brought under the rules that are being framed for other NSFs. However, the Bill, if it becomes an Act, says only a recognised federation governing a particular sport can use the expression "India" or "Indian" in its title or during a competition at home or abroad.

This should push the Board into a corner but the BCCI is clear that as the only body recognised by the International Cricket Council, it won't be harmed. Maken rejects the argument. He says the Board, despite its wealth, does get government help in terms of land for raising stadiums etc.