NSFs ought to ask for extra time to submit ministry questionnaire on age, tenure of office-bearers: IOA

New Delhi, August 9

The Indian Olympic Association desires the sports activities ministry to increase the deadline for submission of response to a questionnaire searching for age and tenure particulars of nationwide sports activities federations’ office-bearers which is essential to a case pending on the NSFs recognition within the Delhi High Court.

The ministry has requested the 57 National Sports Federations (NSFs), which had their provisional recognition withdrawn on the directions of the HC for violation of the National Sports Code’s age and tenure pointers, to answer to the questionnaire by August 11.

The subsequent listening to on the matter is on August 21.

The IOA, nonetheless, desires extra time to be given to the NSFs as they’re working with depleted employees as a consequence of COVID-19 pandemic. The IOA desires a gathering with sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju to debate the matter.

“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 the sports code. This is now an ongoing issue in Delhi High Court and we need to be careful,” the IOA stated.

“We suggest that immediately, all NSFs ask for four weeks’ time to reply since most NSFs’ office staff are not on duty due to COVID-19,” IOA President Narinder Batra and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said in a joint assertion.

The pair can have a gathering on Monday and search time from Rijiju to satisfy him to debate the matter.

“The President and Secretary General are meeting on Monday 10th August to discuss this issue and will seek time to meet with the Hon’ble Minister and Secretary Sports,” the assertion added.

The Delhi High Court had turned down the petition moved by the Sports Ministry searching for modification of its February 7 order which had barred the Centre and the IOA from taking any choice relating to the NSFs with out informing it.

On June 24, the High Court had directed the ministry to revoke the popularity it had granted to the NSFs on May 11, which the federal government complied with. PTI


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