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IOA’s plea rejected

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Friday rejected Indian Olympic Association’s plea, challenging the central government’s power to legislate on sports in the country, through the guidelines of National Sports Code (NSC).

The government had formulated the NSC to bring about transparency in the functioning of the sports bodies, along with fixed tenure and age-limit for office-bearers.

A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Nazmi Wajiri approved the National Sports Development Code, 2011, which barred more than 12 and eight years of tenure for president and other office-bearers, including secretary and treasurer, for any sports federation with maximum age of 70 years to officiate.

The code also envisages to bring under Right to Information Act all National Sports Federations (NSFs) availing government grant and implementation of NADA anti-doping rules, coupled with guidelines for holding fair and transparent elections to NSFs.

The code also calls for introduction of age fraud in sports. The court dismissed the contention that sport was a state subject prohibiting the central government from regulating national sports bodies. “The court reiterates its conclusion that international sports and regulation of NSFs and IOA, in respect of the matters which are subject to these proceedings, falls within entry 97 of the First List of the seventh schedule of Constitution of India,” the bench said. (PTI)