BCCI stands firm, rejects revised Sports Bill

Kolkata: The BCCI rejected the revised draft of the National Sports Development Bill that seeks to regulate the functioning of the Cricket Board, saying certain aspects of the bill are meant to "destroy the autonomy" of the board.

"While the BCCI is all for good governance and transparency in sports bodies, certain aspects of the Bill seek to destroy the autonomy of the Board and dilute the rights of its members," BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement after the Board`s Working Committee meeting here.

"Therefore the Board is totally opposed to this Bill and will be communicating its objections to the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports shortly.”

"It has to be borne in mind that "Sports" is a State subject and the legislative competence of Central Government is limited. The bill tends to encroach upon fundamental rights of Sports bodies," he said.

Relations between the BCCI and sports ministry have been strained over the contentious issue.

BCCI, which is an autonomous body, and some other sports organisations such as Indian Olympic Association (IOA) have opposed the legislation. The IOA had in fact termed the revised bill a "cruel joke".

The bill was revised after the cabinet did not give its approval.

The proposed bill wants to give BCCI the status of a National Sports Federation and therefore bring it under the purview of the RTI Act.


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