Sports ministry hits back at IOC on tenure, age limit

Responding to a letter, in which the IOC warned the ministry against imposing the contentious age and tenure limit guidelines as it could lead to India's expulsion from the Olympics, joint secretary (sports) Injeti Srinivas said the new bill was aimed at making NSFs and the Indian Olympic Association more accountable.

"You will agree that the National Sports Federations receiving public funds must be held accountable to the public and function as public authorities. The High Court of Kerala, in a case related to the state cricket association, has ruled that federations are required to perform public duties by virtue of their offices, and, hence, are public servants," Srinivas wrote in the letter to IOC.

"The Apex court of our country (the Supreme Court) also refused to interfere with this ruling and therefore it now carries the force of law in our country. The Olympic Charter also makes it obligatory for the NSFs to conform to the laws of the land which includes compliance with court orders," he said.

The Ministry claimed that 31 sports federations have so far confirmed to the guidelines on age and tenure.

"We expect that the IOA, as our National Olympic Committee, will see the wisdom of conforming to your standards on principles of good governance," Srinivas stated.

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