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Ministry forms expert committee to review Sports Code

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Olympic bronze-medallist shooter Gagan Narang, former football captain Bhaichung Bhutia and national badminton coach P. Gopi Chand among the panelists

Olympic bronze-medallist shooter Gagan Narang, former football captain Bhaichung Bhutia and national badminton coach P. Gopi Chand have been named in a 13-member expert committee formed by the Sports Ministry to review the controversial Draft National Sports Code 2017.

Besides the trio, the committee will also have World Championships bronze-medallist long jumper Anju Bobby George. The expert committee will be headed by Supreme Court judge Justice (Retd.) Mukundakam Sharma as its chairman.

The panel will also feature a representative from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which has rejected the document in current form as it seeks to put an age and tenure cap on sports administrators.

Striking a balance

“The committee will try to strike a balance between autonomy of NSFs vis-a-vis need for transparency and autonomy,” the Sports Ministry’s notification stated.

The National Sports Federations (NSFs) will be represented by Boxing Federation of India president Ajay Singh, Sudhanshu Mittal (Kho Kho Federation of India), Adille Sumariwala (Athletics Federation of India) and B.P. Baishya (Weightlifting Federation of India).

The committee has been formed to suggest measures to make the Sports Code acceptable to all the stakeholders.

The IOA maintains that the code will put India at risk for a suspension from the International Olympic Committee.

The draft proposes drastic changes in the 2011 Code, including barring of ministers, members of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies and government servants from holding office in the IOA and NSFs, tenure restrictions and age cap of 70 years.

If implemented, the IOA and the NSFs will have six months to amend their constitutions as prescribed by the draft.

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