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‘Keep politicians out of sports’

‘Keep politicians out of sports’
‘When you are talking about sports and how to make it accessible, then more and more powers should go to the sports people when deciding things about sports in the country,’ Gandhi said at the launch of ‘National Youth Policy 2014’ and ‘Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan’ here.

Rahul said it is similar to empowering common man to help change politics in the country. ‘The same applies to politics. If you want to change the politics in the country, give more and more power to young people, give more power to the common man and you change the politics,’ Gandhi added. This is a point of view even the BJP cannot disagree with this election season.

National Youth Policy 2014 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan were launched at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Sports minister Jitendra Singh, Mary Kom, Vijender Singh, P Gopichand and Ashwini Nachappa were also present on the occasion. The two programmes were also simultaneously launched at district headquarters and in universities throughout the country.

Reacting to Gandhi’s comments, Singh said politicians should have a limited role in the functioning of sports federations. ‘As far as sports politicians are concerned, we know how to fight the elections. But to run sports federations and to train sportspersons, we cannot do it. That can only be done by a professional. But for sports promotion, a politician is a very important figure. So, it is necessary that there should be a limited role of the politician’ the minister said. Replying to a question on whether the sports ministry would come up with any guideline to limit the role of politicians getting into the sports administration, Singh said the National Sports Development Bill makes it mandatory to have certain numbers of sportspersons as office-bearers.
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