The Sports Ministry of India had questioned the office-bearers of Nation Sports Federation (NSF) regarding their age and tenure detail back in June.
The ministry has asked 57 officials of NSF to reply to the questionnaire by 11th August. All this matter happened after the NSF office-bearers had their provisional recognition withdrawn on the order of Delhi High Court for infringement of National Sports Code’s age and tenure guidelines.
In response to this, the Indian Olympics Association (IOA) requested the Sports Ministry of India to extend the deadline for submission of the response to the questionnaire by four weeks. The next hearing on this case is on 21st August, but the IOA wants the NSF to get more time on this matter as they are working with limited staff due to this COVID-19 pandemic. IOA is also willing to arrange a meeting with Sports Minister Kirren Rijiju to discuss this matter.
IOA said that it is a very sensitive matter, and all the associations of our nation need to take a united stand as many issues raised by the ministry are not part of the sports code. It further added that this matter is in the hands of the Delhi HC, so all the associations should remain careful. In a joint statement, IOA president Narinder Batra and Secretary-general Rajeev Mehta said that all NSFs should ask for 4-weeks time to reply to the questionnaire. They further added that as most of the staff is not on duty due to this pandemic, the NSFs should get sufficient time to keep their points in front of the High Court. Both Narinder Batra and Rajeev Mehta will have a meeting on Monday, 10th August, and afterward, will seek time from honorable Minister Kiren Rijiju to organize a meeting with him to discuss this matter.
Previously, the Delhi High Court had also turned down the petition of the Sports Ministry. The petition was moved by the ministry to seek a modification to the order of HC, which was made on 7th February. In that order, the HC had barred the IOA and Centre from deciding on the matter of NSFs without informing the HC.