‘Verma has dis­torted facts’

Min­istry Says BAI Re­ceived Over Rs 10 Cr In Last 4 Years

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Ban­ga­lore: The sports min­istry on Tues­day took ex­cep­tion to Bad­minton As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia’s claim that the govern­ment pro­vided Rs 20 lakh per year as fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, say­ing that the fed­er­a­tion re­ceived Rs 10.39 crore in the last four years. Joint sec­re­tary In­jeti Srini­vas said as per govern­ment bud­get ex­pen­di­ture fig­ures, BAI got Rs 1.17 crore in 2006-07, Rs 1.99 crore in 2007-08, Rs 2.65 crore in 2008-09 and Rs 4.58 crore in 2009-10.

“This is ex­clud­ing ex­pen­di­ture on na­tional coach­ing camps con­ducted by Sports Author­ity of In­dia and en­gage­ment of for­eign coaches,” Srini­vas said, adding that the min­istry was also pro­vid­ing sup­port for pro­cure­ment of im­ported shut­tle­cocks and mats, amount­ing to around Rs 70 lakh an­nu­ally.

Re­fer­ring to a let­ter from BAI pres­i­dent VK Verma, ad­dressed to the fed­er­a­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers, which ‘grossly re­duced the quan­tum of govern­ment as­sis­tance’, Srini­vas said Verma had dis­torted facts and had given a mis­lead­ing pic­ture to the mem­ber units. “This is­sue will have to be raised in the gen­eral body meet­ing on June 13 in Chen­nai,” he said. The min­istry also said it had de­puted its di­rec­tor (sports) Deepika Kach­hal as the govern­ment ob­server for the June 13 meet­ing al­though BAI had raised ob­jec­tions to such a move.

“BAI should have no ob­jec­tion to the pres­ence of a govern­ment ob­server at the meet­ing... when the ma­jor­ity fund­ing was com­ing from the govern­ment. The Taek­wondo Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia, Hand­ball Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia con­ducted their elec­tions with our ob­servers be­ing part of the process. The re­cent meet­ing of the In­dian Hockey Fed­er­a­tion too was at­tended by our ob­servers. The present at­ti­tude of the BAI pres­i­dent, as though the govern­ment is a non-en­tity in sports devel­op­ment, is con­trary to the IOC Char­ter which recog­nises the role of state in sports devel­op­ment.”

Srini­vas also said the min­istry was yet to re­ceive con­fir­ma­tion from BAI whether its gen­eral body meet­ing on June 13 is to elect its of­fice-bear­ers. “The BAI pres­i­dent has to sup­ply all rel­e­vant pa­pers, in­clud­ing the elec­tion sched­ule, de­tails of the elec­tion process, date and venue etc. How­ever, BAI has not fur­nished the in­for­ma­tion to the min­istry. This not only vi­o­lates govern­ment guide­lines but vi­ti­ates the en­tire elec­tion process,” he said.

| New Delhi: By telling the govern­ment that it no longer needs fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from it, the Bad­minton As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (BAI) be­comes the first sports as­so­ci­a­tion, apart from the BCCI, to say no govern­ment sup­port. The move also clears the ground for VK Verma’s re­elec­tion and sets him free of any re­stric­tion that may have been im­posed by the sports min­istry in view of his hold­ing the post for more than the re­cently-stip­u­lated up­per limit of 12 years. Verma con­firmed to TOI that he has re­ceived rep­re­sen­ta­tion from 22 state as­so­ci­a­tions against Azhar and that BAI has writ­ten to the min­istry on is­sue of self-re­liance.

The BAI’s let­ter to the sports min­istry says ‘‘(just) as BCCI does not seek fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, the BAI ex­ec­u­tive com- mit­tee has de­cided not to seek fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the min­istry of youth af­fairs and sports and to con­duct its ac­tiv­i­ties from funds raised through spon­sor­ships’’.

By re­fer­ring to BCCI, the BAI has re­minded the govern­ment that it has not en­forced any of its guide­lines on the cricket board sim­ply be­cause it has been rais­ing its own funds. Un­like any other sports fed­er­a­tions, BCCI does not ac­cept a govern­ment nom­i­nee in its team se­lec­tion, the BAI let­ter points out.

Af­ter the sports min­istry had called for fix­ing tenures of sports ad­min­is­tra­tors and hav­ing a re­tire­ment age, the In­dian Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion (IOA) had re­jected the con­tention terming it ‘‘anti-sports’’ and ‘‘ar­bi­trary’’. The IOA had asked na­tional sports fed­er­a­tions not to amend their con­sti­tu­tion to in­cor­po­rate the new guide­lines.

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