The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has insisted that the national sports federations (NSFs) cannot be treated as public authorities and has asked the sports ministry to reconsider the new sports policy draft, failing which "India's representation and participation in upcoming international events, in particular the Olympic Games, might be threatened".
The sports ministry brought the NSFs receiving grants of more than R 1m under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, thereby terming them "public authorities". An IOC letter dated March 22 , says that the ministry should not interfere in the election process of the NSFs by enforcing any criteria. "We fully understand that if the national sports organisations receive public funds, they must, logically and legitimately, be accountable for the use of such specific funds to the public authorities concerned.
"This must not, however, be used by the govt to justify interference in the internal operations," the IOC said.