New Delhi, June 3
The Delhi High Court has ordered the Ministry of Sports to stop all financial assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs) that still fail to comply with the National Sports Development Code of India (NSDCI), 2011. NSFs violating the code will be placed on notice of suspension, in accordance with the instructions of the court. The suspensions will be revoked if they rectify their positions in the face of the sporting code
The Ministry of Sports, through the SAI, decides on an annual training schedule for competitions. It mainly covers training costs, exhibition trips abroad and national camps. The HC order guarantees that the formation will not be hindered. In addition, the federations receive funds to organize national and international championships. The ministry revised the amount of the sanction in March, and now NSF can get Rs 17 lakh each for holding senior, junior and sub-junior national events.
A bench of the High Court comprising Justice Najmi Waziri and Justice Vikas Mahajan passed the order on a petition filed by lawyer-activist Rahul Mehra, further ordering the ministry to ensure sportsmen receive all assistance of the Sports Authority of India (SAI). A joint ministry secretary appeared in court and argued that there were only 15 federations following the code, while six others had been granted exemptions. The officer also revealed that there were five federations that needed to amend their constitutions but that at least 17 federations violated the sports code in a significant way.
However, Mehra said many federations violate the 25% representation of prominent sportspeople in their executives, and some have welcomed former leaders in alternative capacities, including CEO, president or life member positions. Others break the 2/3 rule.