Brand new Sports Bill to be discussed in Parliament


New Delhi, Aug 30: After the headline grabbing Lokpal Bill, the Parliament will now discuss the new Sports Bill on Tuesday. If passed, the Bill would bring all cricket bodies under the purview of the Sports Ministry.

The Bill will give more teeth to the Sports Ministry and will help look into the functioning of the various sports bodies. The politicians will discuss how such organisations can be integrated into the Ministry. Sports Minister Ajay Maken hopes that, with the Bill better transparency and accountability can be achieved among sports bodies and National Sports Federations.

Maken commented, "We need reforms in sports, which we hope the National Sports Bill will bring. Our idea was to introduce the Bill in the monsoon session and we have already done that. Now the inter-ministerial consultation is going on and once it is over, it will go to the Parliament for resolution."

The matter to put the richest cricketing body, the BCCI under the RTI act will also be discussed. The Draft National Sports Development Bill will also be put in discussion.

The new Bill is expected to cut the BCCI to size and will regulate large-scale financial irregularities in sporting events. The matter gains prominence at a time when the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report gave instances of massive irregularities in the Commonwealth Games. The CWG Games had become a matter of national shame burdened under financial irregularities, poor planning and implementation and major infrastructural flaws.

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