The Communist Party of India, Marxist, (CPM) has asked the state government to bring in a legislation to regulate the sports bodies and their activities in the state.
In a press statement, CPM state secretariat member and deputy mayor of Shimla, Tikender Singh Panwar, on Sunday said that there was need for a law to bind all sports bodies. “These bodies have to be made more democratic where elections take place on a regular basis, so that they don't become the fiefdom of a group or an individual,” he added.
He said that for managing the affair of a particular game, the priority should be given to former sportspersons for better results. He said if sports bodies get help from the state in the form of land on lease, it should not be completely made independent. “Sports bodies should be under the purview of the act so that it cannot be monopolised,” he said.
Referring to functioning of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), he said the cricket body was misused for promoting business. “How was it be possible that a sports body could run a five-star hotel and make mockery of law by raising loans on the land leased out by the government?” he said.
In order to check repetition of such irregularities, the government should enact a law to regulate sports bodies in the state. Panwar said.