IOA seeks to resolve concerns on NSFs’ autonomy

The Indian Olympic Association has reiterated its concerns on autonomy of National Sports Federations (NSFs) and possible censure from the IOC.

IOA president Narinder Batra insisted that the IOA was keen to resolve the matter to ensure the Indian contingent’s presence under the national flag at the 2020 Tokyo Games. (File Photo)   -  PTI

The Indian Olympic Association has reiterated its concerns on autonomy of National Sports Federations (NSFs) and possible censure from the IOC, seeking amicable resolution of all matters related to the same while addressing the government’s queries on Good Governance.

Referring to the International Olympic Committee’s communications regarding the same, IOA president Narinder Batra insisted that the IOA was keen to resolve the matter to ensure the Indian contingent’s presence under the national flag at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

“We (IOA) have already requested on a few occasions to GOI that we want to come and meet you and honourable minister to discuss your concerns and also our concerns about interference by GOI and SAI in the autonomy of NSFs & IOA,” Batra said.

The IOC, meanwhile, laid out the framework for any dialogue between authorities and NOCs.

Sports secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, however, reiterated that there were no clashes. “As of now, the 2011 Sports Code guidelines are being followed, which all federations adhere to. As for concerns regarding revisions in the new Draft Code, it is still sealed and sub-judice in the High Court. Once the HC gives an order, the due process of consultation, questioning, inviting objections and suggestions, everything will be followed. There is a long time and many more steps to go for the new code to come into effect, so it is immaterial,” he claimed.

The meeting between IOA and sports ministry officials on Tuesday also saw the latter seek a list of federations and associations that are not official or not recognised by their respective national federations or the IOA.

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