Former sportspersons urge for transparency in sports bodies

The sportspersons have requested the Supreme Court to make some of the Justice Lodha Committee recommendations, which are meant to be followed by the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) and its affiliated associations to ensure more transparency in their functioning, mandatory for other sports bodies.

Former cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi was amongst the sportspersons who filed a petition in the Supreme Court.   -  R. V. Moorthy

Twenty eight well-known sportspersons, including Olympians, Padma Shri and Arjuna award winners, have filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking more transparency in various sports bodies.

In the backdrop of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) making Siresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala its life presidents, these sportspersons have requested the Supreme Court to make some of the Justice Lodha Committee recommendations, which are meant to be followed by the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) and its affiliated associations to ensure more transparency in their functioning, mandatory for other sports bodies.

The group of sportspersons – including Ashok Kumar, M.K.Kaushik, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Nachappa, Edward Sequeira, G.E.Sridharan, Reeth Abraham, Gurbax Singh Grewal, Balbir Singh, Fortunato Franco, S.S.Narayan, Joaquim Carvalho,Vandana Rao, Pravin Thipsay, Bhagyasree Thipsay, Maya Meher, Nisha Millet, Aloysius Edwards, Madhu Yadav, Kirti Azad and Bishan Singh Bedi – have also said that “there is an urgent need to amend and rework the National Sports Code to ensure that sports administration is not treated as a self-perpetuating business but instead is used for the betterment of sports.”