Sports Ministry has no intention to control NSFs: Maken

NEW DELHI, June 22:

Sports Minister Ajay Maken today once again clarified that the proposed Sports Bill does not intend to exercise control over National Sports Federations as (NSF) was recently suggested by the BCCI.

     “I have said in the past also that we don’t intend to control anybody through the Sports Bill. We just want them to be transparent,” said Maken during an interaction at the Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC) here today.

     “Are we asking the NSFs to appoint any of our officials to their federations or asking them to come to us regarding their issues? What we are asking them is to come under the RTI (Right to Information) Act and have transparency as far as their transactions are concerned,” he added.

     Maken further explained that the bill would only help in promoting sports in the country.

     “We just want 25 per cent representation of sportspersons who have played at national level in the NSFs, so that with their inputs the federations can function better.

     “Besides, there should be age and tenure norms, age norm of 70 years, tenure norm of eight years for other than President, and 12 years for President. And if the officials can’t agree to as many as 12 years for a person at the top then there has to some vested interest in it,” he said. (PTI)