The country’s entire sports fraternity, including me, will keep fingers crossed when the Indian delegation meets the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials on Wednesday to overturn the ban.
We hope the ban on the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will be lifted in Lausanne and the players will not have to compete under the IOC flag.
The biggest motivation for a player comes when he competes under the national flag.
The genesis of the crisis was on account of administrative apathy. So, I want the solution to be permanent and the guidelines for running the federation formed in a way that in future no such problem crops up.
The job of players is to practise and compete. Officials take care of the administration. So, there should be proper coordination between the two.
The results of better coordination can be seen in no time. Till the time top federation officials don’t give respect to players, one cannot expect good results.
When a sportsperson does not perform up to the mark, he loses his place in the national squad. Why not non-performing federation officials?
They should be either sacked or told to quit in similar fashion. I believe that non-performing federations should be made responsible for poor results.
When the government gives money to federations, they should be held accountable if the desired results are not achieved. There should be proper monitoring guidelines with each and every federation told to follow it.
I have seen several sports associations where the administrators are not bothered about the requirement of players. Their only concern is to remain at the helm of a federation.
They forget that their identity is only because of the sport and their existence is because of the sportspersons, and not vice-versa.
A player can better gauge the requirements and problems of a fellow player, so retired sportspersons who want to be part of federatons, should be given a chance. Their inclusion will certainly do a lot of good to Indian sports.
The writer is a double Olympic medallist