Managing sports – sports administration in India

Source– The post is based on the article “Managing sports” published in The Hindu on 23th September 2022.

Syllabus: GS2- Statutory and regulatory bodies

Relevance– Sports administration in India

News– The article explains the issues faced by sports administration in India and ways to resolve the issue.

What are the issues faced by sports administration in India?

There are frequent resignations by sports administrators. Recently acting president Olympic Association of India, who assumed charge in July, resigned.

The IOC is complaining that elections are not being held. It will not accept an acting or interim President.

IOC could ban India if elections are not held by December.

Indian athletes will not be able to represent India at sports events if the IOC takes action.

What needs to be done?

Officials across athlete bodies need to accept the National Sports Development Code that was introduced by the central government in 2011.

The code puts a limit on tenure and age of sports administration. It stops the capture of sports administration by few people, especially politicians.

The sports administration should make way for new administrators with fresh ideas. It should allow more former international sportspersons in key administrative posts.

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