NSFs reject revised Sports Code
New Delhi: Most of the national sports federations (NSFs) have summarily rejected the revised draft of the Sports Code for good governance 2017 in its meeting with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) here on Thursday. A total of 20 NSF representatives met IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta to protest against ‘contentious’ provisions of the revised draft. The meeting was a precursor to what’s being considered as a showdown between the IOA and sports ministry officials here on Friday, when the disputable clauses pertaining to barring the ministers, parliamentarians, members of legislative assemblies (MLAs) and bureaucrats, apart from the age and tenure clause, will come up for discussion.
Interestingly, IOA president Narinder Batra will be leading the NSF’s charge during his meeting with sports minister Kiren Rijiju even though he was a signatory to the revised draft and was actively involved in proceedings when the amendments were proposed.
IOA, too, has strong objection to the clause which brings the national Olympic committee in the Sports Code’s sweep. IOA considers it as an infringement of its autonomy as the body is governed by the IOC’s Olympic Charter which doesn’t allow any government interference. NSFs, on their part, are objecting to the provision which is categorising even the executive committee and board members as office-bearers.
Earlier, only the president, vice president, secretary general, joint secretary and treasurer were categorised as office-bearers. NSFs also have their reservations over the appointment of CEO and ombudsman in the federation set-up. New Delhi: Indian athletes have often complained about quality of food and lack of acclimatisation when they compete in multi-sport events abroad. A case in point was the food issue raised by the contingent during the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and the two Asiads in Incheon (2014) and Jakarta (2018). However, the athltes may not face such issues at the Tokyo Olympics next year.
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), in collaboration with the JSW Sports, has decided to build the a ‘Hospitality House’ at the Summer Games – in Tokyo’s Ariake region – which will host watch parties, medal celebrations and meet-and-greet opportunities with Indian athletes.
Traditional Indian sports will be showcased and visitors will also get a taste of a variety of Indian cuisine. A dedicated athlete lounge for the Indian Olympians to feel at home and have access to medical facilities and food will be available. While the food will be free for athletes and their support staff, the Indian passport holders travelling to Tokyo for the Olympics will get access to the hospitality house on a subsidised rate after purchasing the tickets.
The hospitality house is a joint initiative of the Indian government, IOA, corporate India and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). Scheduled to be operational from July 2020, the hospitality house will be set up over an area of 2,200 sq m in close proximity to the Games Village. It’s common for several participating nations to have their own hospitality houses during a big event.
“The idea first emanated in 2016 when we saw the hospitality houses of USA, France, Sweden and some other countries. We felt that it would be wonderful to have our own India House in Tokyo and that’s where the journey started,” said JSW sports director Parth Jindal. IOA president Narinder Batra said India House will be a home away from home for Indian athletes and fans in Tokyo.
Sports minister Kiren Rijiju at a promotional event on Thursday