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Govt may drop plan for greater say in sports

delhi Updated: Jul 02, 2009 01:55 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times
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The government may decide on Thursday to withdraw a constitutional amendment Bill moved 21 years ago to allow the Centre to have a greater say in the various sports bodies.

The Bill was moved in Rajya Sabha on November 24, 1988, six years after Delhi successfully hosted the Asian Games.

The idea was to move sports from the State List to the Concurrent List. The Constitution allows the Centre to legislate and give directions on subjects mentioned in the Concurrent List.

The move to pull out the Bill, aimed at effective implementation of the sports policy, comes a year before the country hosts the Commonwealth Games.

The sports ministry has moved a cabinet proposal, likely to be taken up at Thursday’s meeting.
Some states and sports federations, including the Indian Olympic Association, have opposed the Bill, ministry officials, who didn’t wish to be identified, said. The government has been criticised for looking for one solution to all ills plaguing Indian sport.