All India Football Federation has joined the bandwagon of those national and state sports bodies which have called for the ouster of Indian Olympic Association chief N Ramachandran even as there's no clarity regarding the strength of the support of the move.
The move to oust Indian Olympic Association President (IOA) N Ramachandran on Tuesday got support from two more National Sports Federations, taking the total number of NSFs demanding a No Confidence Motion against him to 16.
In the wake of poor management of National Para Athletics championships, the Sports Ministry has instructed all the National Sports Federations (NSFs) to draw the calendar of their events well in advance for the smooth and efficient hosting of the tournaments.
Nine sporting disciplines -- including athletics, hockey and shooting -- were today upgraded to the newly-introduced 'high priority' category in the latest classification undertaken by the Sports Ministry which will ensure central funding for their national and zonal events.
In a significant statement pertaining to the functioning of National Sports Federations, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that the NSFs should "professionalise their administrative structure rather than continue as oligarchies".
Indian Olympic Association on Friday laid out a plan to improve its financial condition by deciding to attract corporate sponsorship to fund the national sports federations and state Olympic bodies while also announcing cash rewards for medal winners of the 2014 Commonwealth and Asian Games.
The government on Wednesday allowed five out of the 28 disciplines to include managers in their respective squads for the upcoming Asian Games even though the Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federations slammed the move.
The suspense over the strength of India's contingent at the upcoming Asian Games continued with Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today saying that a decision on the final list of athletes and officials will be taken in the next couple of days.
The government on Wednesday said taking over the Indian Cricket Board was not a "feasible" option since the BCCI was an autonomous body but it will try to bring the cricket body under the ambit of the RTI Act.
The Sports Ministry today stated in clear terms that it expects complete transparency from all the National Sports Federations (NSFs) and also sought their support for corruption and controversy-free sport.