Maken proposes Parliamentary debate on National Sports Bill

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (PTI) Sports Minister Ajay Maken todaysaid the government plans to open a debate in the Parliamenton a proposed National Sports Bill, which would require sportsfederations to have a "fair and transparent" election processand limited age and tenure for their office bearers.

Making a statement in the Lok Sabha, Maken said the draftof the bill, which also talks of the participation of athletesin the decision-making process, has already been posted on theSports Ministry''s website.

"I wish to make a suo-moto statement in this august Houseon the intent of the Government to initiate a national debateon the need to have legislation for the development of sportsat the national level and to deal with all matters connectedtherewith," he said.

Maken said the draft remains true to the "the coreprinciples enunciated in the ''Basic Universal Principles ofGood Governance'' proposed by the International OlympicCommittee and endorsed by the XIII Olympic Congress"

"These include fair and transparent electionprocess; age and tenure limit in respect of office bearers;and participation of athletes in the decision-making process,"Maken said.

Maken said the anti-doping regulations in the countrywould remain World Anti-Doping Agency compliant.

"Anti-Doping regulations compliant with WADA Code to begiven legislative backing. As a signatory to the UNESCOconvention, India has shown highest commitment to movementagainst doping. It is a member of the WADA and has constitutedits own National anti Doping Agency (NADA) on the lines ofWADA," he said.

Maken said there would be provisions to deal with casesof sexual harrassment as well "following the guidelinesenunciated by the Hon''ble Supreme Court in the Vishakhajudgement."

The Minister promised "foolproof guidelines for detectionand prevention of age fraud in sports. Effective and speedyresolution of sport-related disputes, including redressal ofathletes'' grievances, through conciliation and mediationprocess by appointing a National Sports Ombudsman."

Maken said such a legislation is necessary to make sportsadministration cleaner in the country.

"I wish to inform the august House of this proposal andseek their support and cooperation in furthering thisinitiative," he said.

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