Mumbai: Beijing Olympics Gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and legendary badminton player Prakash Padukone, has been interfaced with a nine-member panel. It has been formed by the government to structure and work upon the proposed recommendations for bringing out a comprehensive National Sports Development Code across all the disciplines.
The committee will study and analyze issues related to sports governance. Also, it has been asked to undertake the responsibility of court judgments and best international practices under their scrutiny.
The 1983 cadre IAS officer from Odishar and Former Joint Secretary in the Sports Ministry, Injeti Srinivas (Currently designated with the post of sports secretary) will head the committee.
A PIB release stated: “The Government has decided to constitute the Committee to study the existing sports governance frame work, issues relating to sports governance in the country, recent developments related to sports governance, including court judgments & international best practices and make recommendations on bringing out a comprehensive National Sports Development Code across sports disciplines.”
The other renowned sportsperson in the committee is India’s lone world championship medallist athlete Anju Bobby George. International hockey federation (FIH) president Narinder Batra, gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s Coach Bishweshwar Nandi, lawyer Nandan Kamath and sports journalist Vijay Lokapally are also a part of the committee. The joint secretary sports (MYAS) is the ninth member.
“Terms of reference of the Committee are to identify basic universal principles of ethics and good governance based on the IOC Charter international best practices, draft National Sports Development Bill, National Sports Development Code, 2011, Supreme Court and High Court judgments, to identify issues pertaining to good governance in administration of sports in the country and to make specific recommendations for bringing out a comprehensive Sports Code to address the issues of governance pertaining to the National Olympic Committee and National Sports Federations. The Committee is required to submit its report within a month.”