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New recognition procedures for sports federations

other Updated: Dec 04, 2009 00:29 IST
Moonmoon Ghosh
Moonmoon Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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The Ministry of Sports will implement a radically different measure next year by introducing an annual recognition procedure for the National Sports Federations (NSFs). They will be required to submit certain documents after which their annual recognition will be automatic.

The Ministry has asked the NSFs to furnish details relating to 20 important areas like current management along with affiliated states and units, annual reports, audited accounts of the previous three years, dates of past elections and those to be held, names of core probables and selection criteria, national and foreign coaches hired, government observers, participation in international, national and zonal championships, etc.

Injeti Srinivas, joint secretary in the Ministry, said, “A new system has been introduced, the objective of which will be to set the highest standards of accountability and provide transparency. It is a step to encourage good governance among all the federations.”

The subsequent annual renewal will be automatic for the NSFs that submit the above documents along with details of steps taken to prevent doping and compliance to the WADA/NADA code with details of cases found positive and action taken against them. The NSFs also have to furnish details of funds received from various sources that include private sponsors, public sector undertakings, state governments, etc.

Any federation that fails to comply will not be granted renewal until they furnish the documents.

To make the process more transparent, the NSFs will have to update the details on their websites. Injeti said. “Breathing time will be given to NSFs that do not have websites. At this juncture, what is most important is that all the information be submitted to the Ministry.”

The response has been positive so far, he said.

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