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Unveiling of sports policy delayed

Published: Sunday, November 5, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: The Indian government's much talked about new sports policy has got delayed and will now be unveiled in the budget session of Parliament early next year, Sports minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said. "The new sports policy would have been tabled in the winter session of Parliament but the match-fixing investigation and India's poor show in the Sydney Olympics caused the delay," Dhindsa told IANS. "It will now be tabled in the budget session of Parliament," he added. The new policy is expected to make various sports bodies in the country more accountable and transparent in their working. However, they need not fear as far as their autonomy is concerned. "The government has no plan to check the autonomy of the federations," Dhindsa said. "The government is not in favor of imposing its authority on the federations," he added. Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, the former minister of state for Sports, had said on several occasions that the new sports policy would seek more transparency and accountability from the federations. Talking about the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Dhindsa said his ministry had no intention of imposing any checks on its functioning and was not in favor of nominating government officials on its committees. "We have no such plans," he said. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report on "match-fixing and its related malpractices" has not suggested any change in the BCCI's structure, though it criticised the Board for its lack of transparency and parochialism in selection of teams. The report has also mentioned the names of families ruling some constituent associations of the BCCI and said the practice helped the ruling group at the time of elections. BCCI president A C Muthiah met Dhindsa on Friday and discussed, among other things, "inaccuracies" in the CBI report. Muthiah said the Board would get back to the minister with a detailed reply within 15 days. India Abroad News Service

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