New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Randhir Singh emphasised the importance of autonomy of national sports bodies at a workshop on Olympic Values Education Programme.
Addressing delegates at the workshop jointly organised by the IOA and International Olympic Committee, Randhir also drove home that the national bodies themselves should practice good governance and transparency in their administration.
"Under the Olympic movement and IOC Charter, the autonomy of the national sports body is of paramount importance. We have to safeguard it. The latest case of IOC suspending Kuwait after its Parliament passed a Bill whose provisions would interfere with the functioning of national Olympic association there was an example," he said on the concluding day of the five-day workshop which began on March 22.
"The national sports bodies should themselves follow good governance which includes transparency in its general and financial administration," added Randhir, who is also an IOC member.
The workshop was conducted under Deanna Binder and TA Ganda Sithole, IOC Director, Department of International Cooperation and Development.
Delegates from various states and union territories attended the programme.