Batra, Mehta unite on problem of NSFs derecognition

Vinayak Padmadeo

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9

The persevering with derecognition of 57 National Sports Federations (NSFs) has introduced the opponents inside the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) collectively.

IOA president Narinder Batra and secretary normal Rajeev Mehta had been publicly jostling to take management of the physique for months. However, the Delhi High Court’s order that compelled the Sports Ministry to withdraw recognition to the NSFs — the matter continues to be in courtroom — has led to a short lived truce: Batra and Mehta are to satisfy Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday night to debate this problem.

Batra and Mehta despatched a joint message to all NSFs, saying: “…This is a sensitive issue and we all need to take a united stand as many issues raised in the questionnaire are not part of sports code.”

“We suggest that immediately all NSFs ask for four weeks time to reply since most of the NSFs staff is not on duty due to Covid,” the message added.

Big speaking level

Other than coping with the courtroom matter at hand, one of many huge speaking factors that might be taken up tomorrow is the problem of a brand new sports activities code.

The new draft sports activities code was junked by the Sports Ministry in November final yr as federations revolted en masse towards its provisions, together with exclusion of politicians and bureaucrats from the election course of. It then constituted a 13-member professional committee that included London Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang and former Indian soccer captain Bhaichung Bhutia, to overview the provisions.

However, sports activities lawyer Rahul Mehra, who has been pursuing instances of sports activities code violations by NSFs since 2010, received a keep order from the Delhi High Court.

The IOA desires the Sports Ministry to get the keep vacated and begin work on the brand new sports activities code as they really feel the fixed courtroom hearings should not serving to the sports activities group.

“We will take replies from federations when we meet the minister. However, one thing we will definitely talk about is the new sports code,” Mehta mentioned at the moment.

“We will request the ministry to try and get the stay vacated on the review committee and proceed with the new sports code. Because as things stand today, people are just filing applications unnecessarily. This has to stop,” he added.

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