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Sports administrators are not villains

The new sports bill seems to be designed to give an impression to the public as if we all are villains and someone who are gaining from sport federations. Jagdish Tytler writes.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2011 13:31 IST

The new sports bill seems to be designed to give an impression to the public as if we all are villains and someone who are gaining from sport federations. I wish the minister instead of showing himself as the savior of God knows what, should concentrate on getting more money for the sports, bringing modern technologies for development of sports, making long term sports development plans like Mr. Mani Shankar Iyar was doing. Why is the Minister concentrating on something which has nothing to do with sports development?

We are not objecting to audits which is being done, we are not objecting to bringing 25% sports persons into the governing body (I personally believe that 50% sports persons into the governing body should be included), we are not against bringing the federations under the ambit of RTI Act., we are also not against dope tests. We are only objecting to the age criteria and that too because of the following reasons:

1. We are all elected by proper election which can be supervised and controlled by Ministries.

2. We are registered under Societies Registration Act.

Having said that I am prepared to quit my post but one should not create new laws which conflict with existing laws. Sport is a State subject; I don’t know how the Centre is interfering? I feel both the Prime Minister and the Home Minister are mislead and are not apprised properly.

Till now not a single long term plan for the development of sports has been announced since he taken over, this is very strange. I wish the Minister would concentrate the work he is assigned to in the Ministry more.

Let me tell the Minister that not a single federation person was involved in Commonwealth Games scam except Kalmadi, Bhanot and Verma, who are rightly in jail. If any other person found in the scam, please make sure that they are also behind bars instead of painting the whole federation with a negative shade.

I don’t know why the Minister is forgetting that the International Olympic Association has strongly opposed any political interference in sports.

Lastly, I will advice the Minister not to waste time in such things and follow the steps of Mani Shankar Iyar and get some good long term sports development plans. The way Mr. Iyar did right from village level to district level to state level and then to national level. Such things are really applaud able but such character assassinations should be slammed.