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New Sports Code could make MP’s and MLA’s expel from posts in federations

By: Swetha
Date: 27 Oct, 2017
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National Sports Code has recently been revised its version which includes suggestion of detaining ministers, parliament members, members of legislative assemblies and bureaucrats from their posts in national sports federations and other autonomous sports bodies, if enacted, and close family members or relatives should also be debarred from being elected to the NSFs immediately after the term of the office bearer has ended.


About 20% seats would be reserved for athletes in the NSFs wherein women would get 40% representation with the newly drafted code.


Meanwhile, skimming into the Lodha Panel Recommendations of Indian cricket, the emendations made to the original sports code of 2011 goes a step further. The Lodha Panel had recommended to preclude elected government officials from becoming office bearers such as president, vice-president, secretary, joint secretary and treasurer in BCCI.


If the code comes into action, Himanta Biswa Sarma, the president of Badminton Association of India, would have to vacate from his position since he is Assam’s health minister.


Other high profile Federation officials include MP from Kaiserganj in UP, Brij Bhushan Singh from the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), and Parminder Singh Dhindsa of Cycling Federation of India (CFI) President, who is an MLA from Punjab.


National Sports Development Code of India (NSDCI) with a 9 committee member had viewed the existing edition and made few changes and recommendations before submitting to Delhi High Court in a sealed envelope as the matter of prejudice. However, the time frame has not yet confirmed to execute.


Nevertheless, the controversial issue of tenure has been offered some relaxation in the sports code. The committee has recommended a maximum of 12-year tenure for office bearers with a four year cooling off period between the second and third terms of four-years each; to make the stretch of eight years to serve and rebound to serve one more term of four years. 

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