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Govt. sets up panel to examine suggestions on sports legislation

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The Sports Ministry has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Justice Mukul Mudgal, retired Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, to examine in detail the details, the comments and suggestions received from various quarters and make appropriate recommendations to fine-tune the draft National Sports Development Bill.


The Ministry had, on February 22 this year, published on its website a Preliminary Exposure draft on the proposed National Sports Development Bill and invited all stakeholders, including sports bodies, sportspersons and general public to submit their comments and suggestions on the draft within 30 days.


A large number of responses have been received on the Preliminary Exposure draft, an official press release said.


The other cembers of the committee will be former badminton player Prakash Padukone, former athlete Ashwini Nachappa, Ms. Jhanja Tripathi, Secretary & Executive Director, Railways Sports Promotion Board, representative of Indian Olympic Association and Joint Secretary (Sports) of Sports Department, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.


According to the release, the terms of reference of the committee shall be as follows:-


i) To examine all comments and suggestions received, from both sports governance and legal angle.


ii) To make specific recommendations on each comments/suggestion with specific reference to sports administration, sports development and welfare of sportspersons.


iii) To make specific comments on role delineation between the Government, the National Olympic Committee, National Sports Federations, Sports Authority of India and others.


iv) To make specific comments on the sports arbitration mechanism.


v) To make specific recommendations on incentivizing good governance in sports.


vi) Any other recommendations the Ccommittee may like to make.


The committee has been asked to give its report and recommendations in two weeks, the release added.


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