The president of the Archery Association of India (AAI), Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra, hinted that the subject of adherence to government guidelines would be taken to the Supreme Court after the Asian Games, even as he questioned the stand of the Union Sports Ministry with regard to good governance.
“The High court had admitted our petition but has not stayed the implementation of the government guidelines. The next hearing will be on February 10. We will go to the Supreme Court after conducting an emergency meeting of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA),'' said Prof. Malhotra, as he addressed the media here on Wednesday.
The senior vice president of IOA, Prof. Malhotra said that the government may have to change the Societies Registration Act first, so as to have a say on the sports federations that fall in the same category as thousands of societies.
Questioning the policy that limits the age of office bearers of federations to 70, Prof. Malhotra said that if the Prime Minister, many Chief Ministers and Cabinet Ministers could continue without any age limit, it was unfair to have such a limitation for federation officials.
“If they all resign, including the sports minister who is 76, we are all ready to resign,'' he declared, suggesting that good governance should begin at home.
Admitting the need to amend the constitution of the federations and the IOA, wherever required, Prof. Malhotra agreed that the accounts should be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), and that federations should have 50 per cent sports persons in key positions.
He also stated categorically that there should be an ethics commission, arbitration commission and athletes commission in the federations.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had directed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to amend its constitution suitably, and Prof. Malhotra said that it would be effected in due course of time.
Questioning the clearance of a jumbo team for the Asian Games, Prof. Malhotra pointed at the shrewd approach of the government in blaming the federations for non-performance of athletes, but being alert about taking credit for their good performances.