New Delhi, Jan 19 (PTI) Sports Federations should not beheaded by politicians but by those having sports background,the new Sports Minister Ajay Maken said today, vowing to workin this direction on a priority basis.
He said he will try to "firmly convince" the sportsbodies to ensure that younger people take control of thefederations for the upliftment of sports in the country.
"We need to ensure that sportpersons get moreresponsibility in sports bodies. I will see to it that ithappens", Maken told PTI hours after he was given independentcharge of the Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry.
Maken, who will take over tomorrow, said that he was ofthe view that politicians should not head the sports bodiesunless they are young and have the background in thatparticular discipline.
"If age is on their side and they have played the game,then only politicians should head the federations of anysports", said the young Minister, adding that he would carryforward his predecessor M S Gill''s ideas in this context.
When referred to some federations where old people werestill refusing to go, he said he will try to firmly convincethem rather than fight about the need to give chanceto youngsters.
About the alleged irregularities in the conduct of theCommonwealth Games, Maken said that he would like theinvestigations to get over as soon as possible. "If anybodyis found guilty, he should be punished severely. We want tomove ahead".
Maken said he will work for promotion of sports in thecountry and lay special emphasis on scouting talent in therural areas as his aim would be to ensure that India gets moremedals in the 2012 London Olympics.