Sports Ministry to go ahead with the bill despite IOC threat
Unfazed by the ban threat from the International Olympic Council, the sports ministry on Friday said that it will go ahead with the draft bill which puts a limit on the age and tenure of national federation heads.india Updated: Apr 15, 2011 22:39 IST
Unfazed by the ban threat from the International Olympic Council, the sports ministry on Friday said that it will go ahead with the draft bill which puts a limit on the age and tenure of national federation heads.
Sports minister Ajay Maken said that the government has taken into account IOC's objections to the age and tenure limitation guidelines but will place the bill before the Parliament in July.
"IOC has written a letter and we have taken account of the IOC's letter. IOA (Indian Olympics Association) has also written a letter to us. We have taken note of them," he told reporters at his customary monthly press conference.
"The committee we have constituted under the chairmanship of retired High Court chief justice Mukul Mudgal in its first meeting has decided that they should have open house meetings at the different regions of the country. It was also suggested that on May 2 all National Sports Federations must interact with this committee," said Maken.
"They are taking into consideration all suggestions and objections. At the moment we have got 80-100 responses. We hope that this committee finishes its deliberations soon and bring this bill in monsoon session of the Parliament, which is expected to start from the second week of July. And this is going to cover tenure and age norms as well," he added.
The Committee has members including former badminton ace Prakash Padukone and former athlete Ashwini Nachappa, a representative from the IOA and sports ministry joint secretary.
The IOC had warned of "appropriate measures" against India in its next executive board meeting in July if the country's sports ministry goes ahead with the legislation, which puts a limit on the age and tenure of federation heads.