Centre issues code to prevent age fraud in sports

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New Delhi, Mar 20 (ANI): The Union Government on Saturday issued the "National Code against Age Fraud in Sports," to ensure fair play in sports.

The code shall be operative from April 1 and shall be binding upon all athletes and sports bodies.

As per the code, all new and existing players participating in age restricted tournaments will be required to once undergo a compulsory medical examination for age determination after which they will be issued an identity card by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the National Sports Federation (NSFs).

Once an I-Card is issued, fresh medical examination will not be required for subsequent participation, a statement said.

According to the Union Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry, any existing athlete found to be overage, will have the option to appeal,and in case he or she is found to be overage even after going through the appeal process, he or she shall not be allowed to participate in the competitions meant for lower age groups.

The Sports Authority of India will notify a panel of doctors and hospitals state or region wise for carrying out the medical examination and also the list of appellate panel of hospitals.

The cost for medical examination conducted by the Sports Authority of India and NSFs shall be reimbursed by the Government.

Compliance with the Code will become part of the eligibility criteria for recognition of National Sports Federations by the Union Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry and hence non-compliance with the code will attract suspension or de-recognition clause in respect of the defaulting federations. (ANI)

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