New Delhi: The government on Friday constituted All India Council of Sports as an advisory body to deliberate on matters relating to the promotion and development of sports in the country.
While the advice rendered by the council will be duly considered by the government, it will not be binding and obligatory on the government, the sports ministry said in a release. The Council may organize national, international conferences, seminars, symposia for promotion of sports in the country.
It will be headed by a president in the rank of Minister of State and will include four Members of Parliament, sports personalities, coaches, experts, administrators, Director General Sports Authority of India, DG National Anti-Doping Agency, Vice Chancellor of LNIPE, officials from Sports Ministry, representatives from National Sports Federations, Indian Olympic Association, corporate bodies and NGOs.
Appointments of the president and members of the Council, other than ex-officio members, will be made by the Government.
The Council will meet from time to time, at least once in a quarter, and deliberate on matters relating to the promotion and development of sports and games in the country.
The aims of the Council include popularizing sports amongst the youth; increasing outreach of sports to rural and tribal areas, areas affected by Left Wing Extremism, North East and Jammu & Kashmir; matters relating to promotion of inclusiveness in sports with special focus on women, differently-abled, tribals; preventing drug abuse in sports, fraud of age and sexual harassment of women in sports; bringing professionalism, transparency and good governance in functioning of NSFs; promotion of sports sciences and sports medicine; augmenting sports infrastructure and ensuring its proper utilization; issues arising out of match fixing and other malpractices in competitive sports; early identification of talent and nurturing of the identified talent.