New Delhi: New Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday said that the Government has decided to frame a National Sports Development Legislation soon in the larger interest of Indian sports. Explaining the roadmap of comprehensive sports legislation in a Press conference, he said that the Ministry will put on its website the draft Bill on 20th February and will invite suggestions from the stakeholders and public for one month before taking it forward.
Maken said that the proposed comprehensive legislation would be widely based and would incorporate essences of Basic Universal Principles of Good Governance (BUPOGG), The IOC Charter, Good International legislative practices, Anti Doping Laws, Measures against Sexual Harassment, and Age fraud detection.
Some of the core principles enunciated in the BUPOGG as adopted by the XIII Olympic Congress of the Olympic and Sports Movements include,
The IOC charter in its Chapter 16, Rule 3.3, Chapter 19, rule 2.1, 2.2 and Rule2.3, Chapter 20, Rule 1 and Chapter 28, Rule 5 clearly lays down as such;
Existing Legislations in other countries can serve as good examples for drawing out prevalent best practices. A case in point in this regard would be the Ted Stevens Olympic Amateur Act of 1978 enacted by the USA, it provides for;
Anti Doping law shall be in compliance with WADA. The fact that nearly 139 countries are signatories to the International UNESCO Convention against Doping in Sport is in self a reflection of the fact that Sport/ Sports Administrators can no longer claim isolation from scrutiny.
As a signatory to the UNESCO convention, India has shown highest commitment to movement against doping. It is a member of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) and has constituted its own National anti Doping Agency (NADA) on the lines of WADA.
Measures against sexual harassment would aim at ensuring that the guidelines laid down by the Supreme court judgment in the Vishakha Vs State of Rajasthan are implemented and taken into prospective while contemplating protection of women in sports from sexual harassment.
Fool proof guidelines for Age fraud detection need to be formulated and put forth as binding legislation.