NSFs are run by politicians who don`t know about sports: Maken

Sports Minister Ajay Maken said that some national federations are being run by "politicians and office bearers who don`t know anything about sports".

New Delhi: Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday
said that some national federations are being run by
"politicians and office bearers who don`t know anything about
sports" and praised the athletes who had brought laurels to
the country in spite of "a poor administrative system".

At a felicitation function of 15 sportspersons who have
done the country proud by winning Gold medals in the
Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, Maken said the Indian
athletes have the potential to achieve much more but it was
necessary to clean up the administrative system first.

"We have won 38 Gold medals in CWG and 14 Gold in Asian
Games but it is just the beginning. Our athletes have the
potential to win many more. But for that it is extremely
necessary to clean up the administrative system," said Maken.

"We have some politicians and office bearers who don`t
know anything about sports but still heading federations, so
the fact that these sportspersons have achieved so much
despite being within such a poor system is remarkable," he
said after launching 22nd edition of Limca Book of Records,
which is a Sports Achievers` Special edition that recognises
the performance of Indian sporting personalities.

He said National Sports Federations should be headed by
those having sports background and not by politicians and
others who have no knowledge of sports.

"Sports Federations should be run by the sportspersons
and not by the politicians and the office bearers. There
should be 25 per cent of the sport personalities who should
play more important role in deciding who should govern them,"
said Maken.

"There should be complete transparency. A retired High
Court judge should be overlooking all the elections of the
Federations," he added.

Present on the occasion were the Gold medallists of CWG
and Asian Games, including boxers Vijender Singh and Suranjoy
Singh, wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Alka Tomar, shuttler Jwala
Gutta, weightlifter Renu Bala Chanu, 400m hurdler Ashwini
Akkunji, long distance runner Preeja Sreedharan, discus
thrower Krishna Poonia and rower Bajrang Lal Takhar.

Somdev Devvarman (tennis), Deepika Kumari (Archery),
Sarath Kamal Achanta (table tennis), Gagan Narang and Anisa
Sayyed (both shooters) could not be make it to the function.

Former Indian hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay, five-time
world champion boxer MC Mary Kom and Shiva Kesavan (Winter
Games Olympian) were also present on the occasion and extended
their appreciation towards the Sports Minister for trying to
bring about a change in Indian sports.