Government assures transparency in sports federations' elections

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijjiju on Thursday assured that the elections conducted in 56 National Sports Federations will comply with the provisions of the National Sports Development Code of India.

"The NSFs have been notified to ensure transparency and accountability in their functioning, adopt and follow the basic universal principles of good governance in sports, prevent age fraud and sexual harassment of women and comply with the provisions of Right To Information,” Rijiju said.   -  PTI

The Government on Wednesday gave assurance in the Lok Sabha that  steps have been taken to ensure transparency and accountability in the functioning of  the National Sports Federations (NSFs).

Replying to a question from Member of Parliament Tukaram Godse, the Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijjiju said, “From 2010, the Government has introduced a system of annual recognition procedure for the NSFs, under which annual recognition is granted to those NSFs which comply with the provisions of the National Sports Development Code of India.”

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Regarding details of the elections conducted in these associations, the Government informed that information was being collected from the NSFs.

The Government, while giving details of the 56 NSFs functioning in the country, also informed that model election guidelines have been formed to be followed by the NSFs with instructions on democratic and healthy management practices, age and tenure limits of office-bearers.

In response to a question from Sunil Kumar Mondal, MP, the Sports Ministry said : “The NSFs have been notified to ensure transparency and accountability in their functioning, adopt and follow the basic universal principles of good governance in sports, prevent age fraud and sexual harassment of women and comply with the provisions of Right To Information.”