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.
The Sports Ministry has issued a fresh deadline to eight National Sports Federations (NSFs), which have not yet amended their constitution in accordance with the sports code, asking them to submit the required documents by December 31, 2013, failing which their government recognition could be "impacted".
The Indian Olympic Association has decided to defer its Executive Council meeting scheduled here for Saturday in the wake of the IOC`s warning to the National Sports Federations not to associate with the current dispensation, which the world body has refused to recognise.
In a shocking revelation, several dope-flunked athletes were not penalised for their offences from 2001 to 2008 by their national sports federations (NSF) and this came to light after the NADA Anti-doping Panel released a list on the orders of the Delhi High Court.