IOA asks MP CM to scrap ‘draconian’ sports rule
Miffed at a new Madhya Pradesh government directive, which asked the state Olympic body to get its recognition, the Indian Olympic Association has shot off a strongly-worded letter to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan to withdraw the rule immediately or else face ban of athletes from taking part in events like the National Games. IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said in the letter to the Chief Minister that the said “draconian” rule would amount to infringement in the autonomy of the sports organisations and state Olympic Association of Madhya Pradesh.
“Digvijay Singh (M P Olympic Association Secretary) has informed that an Act (Sports Association Recognition Rules 2012 of M P Government) has already come into existence in Madhya Pradesh which makes it mandatory for all state level sports associations to seek affiliation from government, failing which they would not be allowed to avail any facility or grant/scholarship awards to the players etc. from the M P Government,” Mehta said in the letter.
“The IOA has been voicing at every platform in support of the autonomy of sports organisations. The Olympic Charter clearly underlined that sports organisations should be free from any pressure all over the world,” he added.