Irked Sports Ministry hits out at IOC

The IOC, in a letter to Sports Ministry, had warned it against enforcing the age and tenure limitation guidelines on India’s National Sports Federations, saying such a move would jeopardise the country’s participation in international events including the Olympics.

Taking exception to the letter, the ministry said that it will not succumb to such pressures from the IOC.

“We will not succumb to such pressure. It is nothing but a kind of blackmail. Our intentions are to bring about transparency in Indian sports and we want to go ahead with it,” ministry sources said.

The letter was addressed to the new sports minister Ajay Maken, who has proposed a sports bill in the Parliament which fixes tenures and age for NSF heads. Where the IOC had said while it does not intend to interfere, it would still keep an eye on the contents of the bill.

Earlier, the Ministry asked the IOA to explain the constitutional amendments carried out at its General Assembly meeting, saying the changes seem to have diluted the entire reform process that was assured to the Government by the body and the IOC at a meeting in Lausanne last year.

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