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Govt bullying federations: IOA

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, May 24 (PTI): The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) today outrightly rejected the proposed National Sports Development Bill and said some associations and federations sided with Sports Ministry because of the �arm-twisting� and �bullying� by the Government.

In its Executive Committee meeting here, the IOA unanimously decided to reject the sports bill and said they are awaiting a written response from the International Olympic Committee on the proposed bill, which they would forward to the Government.

�All the members were present today and it was unanimously decided that we reject the proposed sports bill,� V K Malhotra, Officiating president of the IOA, said.

�This draconian bill is illegal, unconstitutional and against the IOC charter. Some state association and federations have given its undertaking to accept the bill only under pressure. They are being bullied and arm-twisted by the Government.

�Sport associations need Government support for Visa, to send teams outside, conduct camps, sponsorship and many other things and it is only under this pressure that they have agreed to it,� he added.

IOA secretary general Randhir Singh said they are waiting for a written reply from the IOC.

�We have send the proposed draft to the IOC and we are waiting for a written reply from them. Once we receive that, we will forward that to the Government. Hopefully we will also meet the Prime Minister and the Sport Minister regarding this soon,� he said.

Malhotra said the IOA welcomes good governance and transparency but rejects this bill as it will give 100 per cent control of the game at every level in the hands of the Government.

�Sports is a state subject. It is in the state list of the constitution. The bill aims to take away the power of the state Government and centralise it in the hands of Union Government. This attempt is not only dubious but bad in law and a harbinger of damaging the federal structure of our polity,� said Malhotra, who is also president of the Archery Association of India.

�Though IOA is an autonomous body recognised by IOC, the provisions in the bill are all contrary to this spirit. Also some provisions have scope for misuse and mischief.

�In on other field like politics, elections of members of Parliament and legislative Asemblies or in the qualification of chief Ministers, chairman of various Government commissions and committees, NGOs, registered societies, age and tenure criteria is implemented. Why only sports should have this rule?� he argued.

Meanwhile, Singh, who is also the secretary general of the Olympic Council of Asia, expressed that IOA is keen to host the 2012 South Asian Federation (SAF) games and said they would discuss the matter with the Government.

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Govt bullying federations: IOA

NEW DELHI, May 24 (PTI): The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) today outrightly rejected the proposed National Sports Development Bill and said some associations and federations sided with Sports Ministry because of the �arm-twisting� and �bullying� by the Government.

In its Executive Committee meeting here, the IOA unanimously decided to reject the sports bill and said they are awaiting a written response from the International Olympic Committee on the proposed bill, which they would forward to the Government.

�All the members were present today and it was unanimously decided that we reject the proposed sports bill,� V K Malhotra, Officiating president of the IOA, said.

�This draconian bill is illegal, unconstitutional and against the IOC charter. Some state association and federations have given its undertaking to accept the bill only under pressure. They are being bullied and arm-twisted by the Government.

�Sport associations need Government support for Visa, to send teams outside, conduct camps, sponsorship and many other things and it is only under this pressure that they have agreed to it,� he added.

IOA secretary general Randhir Singh said they are waiting for a written reply from the IOC.

�We have send the proposed draft to the IOC and we are waiting for a written reply from them. Once we receive that, we will forward that to the Government. Hopefully we will also meet the Prime Minister and the Sport Minister regarding this soon,� he said.

Malhotra said the IOA welcomes good governance and transparency but rejects this bill as it will give 100 per cent control of the game at every level in the hands of the Government.

�Sports is a state subject. It is in the state list of the constitution. The bill aims to take away the power of the state Government and centralise it in the hands of Union Government. This attempt is not only dubious but bad in law and a harbinger of damaging the federal structure of our polity,� said Malhotra, who is also president of the Archery Association of India.

�Though IOA is an autonomous body recognised by IOC, the provisions in the bill are all contrary to this spirit. Also some provisions have scope for misuse and mischief.

�In on other field like politics, elections of members of Parliament and legislative Asemblies or in the qualification of chief Ministers, chairman of various Government commissions and committees, NGOs, registered societies, age and tenure criteria is implemented. Why only sports should have this rule?� he argued.

Meanwhile, Singh, who is also the secretary general of the Olympic Council of Asia, expressed that IOA is keen to host the 2012 South Asian Federation (SAF) games and said they would discuss the matter with the Government.

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