The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the national sports federations (NSFs) on Monday rejected the revised version of the national sports policy draft, with IOA president Suresh Kalmadi claiming that there were a lot of lacunae which needed to be addressed.
In the first meeting between IOA and NSFs officials on the one side and Sports Ministry officials on the other, the two groups discussed at length the various contentious issues and said they would carry forward the dialogue. They, however, did not set a timeframe for the implementation of the policy.
Kalmadi said that a working group of all the stakeholders including the IOA, NSFs, state associations, Sports Ministry, etc should be formed in order to arrive at a consensus, adding that issues regarding the proposed regulatory body - the biggest bone of contention - and bringing sports on the Concurrent List of the Constitution had still not been addressed by the revised policy draft.
"They have removed the specific paragraph on the regulatory authority (aimed at making the IOA and NSFs more accountable to the government) but it finds mention in no less than five places in the revised policy draft," said Kalmadi, adding that the Sports Policy shouldn't be dealing with the contentious issue of the Concurrent List as it was already in Parliament.
The Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman also said that with barely six months to go for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, the government had still not woken up to the main issue of training of athletes, adding it was a "sad scenario".
Sports secretary S.K. Arora said the meeting took place in a cordial atmosphere. "The IOA and the NSFs had conveyed their views on the revised policy draft and the Ministry would examine them," he said.