Not only NSFs, SAI needs to be made more accountable: Maken

"I have said earlier also that we would not like the government to be intrusive, we will ensure that any intrusive provision in the bill should be removed. We will also try to place some responsibility on SAI because it also needs to be accountable. It also has to play a very important role," Maken said.

"There is a lot of scope for improvement as far as SAI is concerned. So, it is not only the National Sports Federations only which we would like to give some targets but also to the SAI," he said after inaugurating the Hockey Training for children under "Come and Play Scheme" at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here.

The government had earlier constituted a committee headed by retired Punjab and Haryana High Court chief justice Mukul Mudgal and comprising former badminton ace Prakash Padukone and former athlete Ashwini Nachiappa to examine a legislation that seeks to bring in transparency and good governance in sports bodies in the country.

But earlier this month, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the NSFs had unanimously rejected the National Sports Development Bill with their representatives opposing the proposed legislation, saying that it was actually an effort by the government to take over the sports bodies in the country.

"My intention is to bring this bill in the monsoon session. Very soon Justice Mudgal committee is going to submit the report to the Government and as soon as the report is with us, I would personally look at what they have suggested and accordingly move ahead," said Maken.

Having inaugurated the hockey training under "Come and Play Scheme" here, Maken informed that approximately 10,000 students have enrolled in various sporting disciplines in Delhi under this scheme.

"In this scheme, our aim is to bring the children to the sports fields. After the summer vacation is over, we are trying to work out a few models where we can tie up these stadia with the schools, so that these stadia can be utilised properly," he said.

Insisting that the Government's intention is to utilise the infrastructure built during last year's Commonwealth Games, he said the aim is to broad base sports in the Capital and in the nearby areas.


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