The revised draft prepared by the National Sports Development Bill has been rejected outright by the Indian Olympic Association. The bill, termed as a “cruel joke” has been stated to be an attempt at strangulation of National Sports Federations’ autonomy. The entire amendment of the bill has been termed as “sheer waste of time, energy and money”.
“This is a more draconian bill, which if passed will shackle the IOA, National Sports Federations (NSFs) and will hit at the very root of the autonomy of the Olympic Charter and we will never be a party to it,” said Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Acting President, IOA.
“This so called revised draft is a part of the malicious and sinister campaign the Sports Minister has launched against the IOA and NSF and we are going to oppose it tooth and nail”, said Vijay Kumar. “I cannot even call it an old wine in new bottle, it is a simple charade and if Sports Minister Ajay Maken thinks he can bulldoze his way through, he is sadly mistaken,” he said.
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