GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
(DEPARTMENT OF SPORTS)
UNSTARRED QUESTION N0.465
TO BE ANSWERED ON 15.3.2012
Law to Regulate Sports Bodies
465. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS be pleased to state:-
- Whether Government proposes to enact a new sports law aimed at addressing the ills and politicization of the various sports bodies of the country; and
- If so, the details thereof?
THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR YOUTH AFFAIRS & SPORTS
(SHRI AJAY MAKEN)
- Yes, Sir.
- In order to bring transparency and accountability in the functioning of the National Sports Federations and Indian Olympic Association, Government has formulated a regulatory framework with the objective of promoting good governance among sports bodies. The Draft of the National Sports Bill has been placed in b:e public domain for pre-legislative stakeholders consultations, the salient features of 'which are as under:
- Central Government support for development and promotion of sports including financial and other support for preparation of National teams, athletes' welfare measures and promoting ethical practices in sports including elimination of doping practices, fraud in age and sexual harassment in sports, Rights and obligations of the Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federations (including adoption of basic universal principles of good governance and professional management of sports).
- (ii) Participation of athletes in the management/decision making of the concerned National Sports Federation and the Indian Olympic Association through the Athletes Advisory Council.
- Duties and responsibilities of the Sports Authority of India and the Government of India, which have been clearly defined.
- Mechanism for sports dispute settlement and establishment of a Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal.
- Greater autonomy to National Sports Federations and dilution of control of Government over the National Sports Federations.
- Bring National Sports Federations under Right to Information Act, 2005 with certain exclusion clauses for protecting personal/confidential information relating to athletes.
- Specific provision has been inserted in the anti-doping clause to exclude the administering by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) of those provisions of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) Code to which the International Federation of the Sport is not subject.
- A duty has been enjoined upon the coaches, guardians and other support personnel to prevent unethical practices in sports such as doping and fraud of age.
- Specific provisions have also been made to ensure that National Sports Federation, the National Olympic Committee, the Sports Authority of India adopt or undertake measures not only to prohibit sexual harassment at workplace for sports but also provide appropriate conditions for women in respect of work, leisure, health and hygiene. Other measures have been provided for setting up a complaint mechanism for redressal of complaints with a committee headed by a woman, or a special counselor, whilst adhering to the principle of confidentiality.