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Ministry Gives National Federations Time to Comply With the Sports Code

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Five National Sports Federations (NSFs) -- yachting, equestrian, polo, motorsport and Special Olympic Bharat -- were given one year time period due to their "special nature", while the rest of the federations have to comply with the Sports Code within six months.
equestrian federation of india and the national sports code

(Representative image) Equestrian Federation of India is one of the five NSFs given a relaxation of one year to comply with the National Sports Development Code.

The Sports Ministry gave all but five National Sports Federations (NSFs) six months to amend their constitutions in line with the National Sports Development Code to become eligible for government's recognition.

The five NSFs who were given a one year time period due to their "special nature" are yachting, equestrian, polo, motorsport and Special Olympic Bharat. The decision was taken during a virtual meeting between Joint Secretary (Sports), L Siddhartha Singh, and representatives of NSFs.

"...and they should not only follow the provisions outlined in the Sports Code in managing their affairs to the extent the Sports Code provisions are applicable, but also take immediate steps for making requisite amendments in their constitutions/bye-laws so that they are in sync with the Sports Code," a Sports Ministry release stated.

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"...the Federations have been given time of 6 months except in case of 5 NSFs, who have been given a time period of one year due to the special nature of the 5 sports, to align their constitutions/bye-laws with Sports Code," it added.

The NSFs will be given no further extension thereafter. The Mnistry official reiterated that failure to comply with the Sports Code by any NSF would lead to derecognition.

The NSFs have also been asked to furnish information with regard to compliance of the Sports Code provisions on fortnightly basis to the Ministry so that the Hon'ble Delhi High Court is also apprised of the same.

The Sports Code has been mired in controversy with several NSFs and the IOA opposing its age and tenure cap regulations for office bearers before finally coming around in the last couple of years.

Interestingly, the Sports Ministry on Monday issued a circular stating that the power to relax provisions of the Sports Code will lie with it while deciding on grant of recognition to federations and the management of the IOA.

That circular was also issued by L Siddhartha Singh, stating that the government has decided to add the relaxation clause provision in the National Sports Code 2011 to assist promotion of sports.

The Ministry's power to relax the Sports Code will cover "renewal of recognition of NSFs on annual basis and governance and management of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and NSFs, as a special exemption where considered necessary."

(With inputs from PTI)

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