His tenure as the newly appointed sports minister is not going to be a cakewalk. On Thursday, Ajay Maken got a firsthand taste of the challenges in his way as he formally took charge of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
Burdened by queries about unpaid claims on the Commonwealth Organising Committee by several Australian companies as well as Indian service providers like T-Series, Maken said he will ensure all legitimate payments are dispersed within 10 days. "I have already directed all concerned officials to look into the matter and the issue will be sorted out. The sports ministry has the responsibility to deal with such matters and will work with complete efficiency," he said.
Stating that he would like to take forward the good work done by his predecessor MS Gill, the 47-year-old emphasized that sports administration should be managed by sportspersons instead of politicians. "Sportspersons should have more of a role in administration. This will benefit current and future athletes as well as the state of sports in the country in general," he said hinting that corruption and mismanagement can also be checked if people with appropriate knowledge came to the fore.
Talks with BCCI
IANS adds: Ajay Maken said he would talk to the Board of Control for Cricket in India regarding it being registered as a national sports federation.
"The BCCI has been around for a long time. They have been controlling cricket in this country for ages. I would like to speak to them on their registration with the ministry," he said. Maken's remark came after the BCCI Tuesday called themselves an "autonomous" body affiliated only with the International Cricket Council.