- Kiren Rijiju claimed that BCCI coming under NADA's scope is a "great news" for Indian sports..
- He asserted that "rule of law is equal" for every game
- The minister also claimed that it is just a matter of time before the BCCI comes under RTI’s effect.
Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju claimed on Monday that bringing the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) under the aegis of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) may well be one of the biggest achievements for Indian sports since the “rule of law is equal” for every game.
Earlier this month, the BCCI was forced to join NADA, a milestone development that has made it possible for the cricket board to become a National Sports Federation (NSF) as per the government norms.
When questioned whether it was one of the most significant achievements for sports in India, Kiren replied positively.
“Definitely,” he expressed.
“It’s a big achievement for sports with fair and equitable treatment, the rule of law, for me every game and every player is equal in the country.”
“BCCI is the governing body of cricket and cricket is also a sport. So, all the sports law and sports provisions prevalent in the country is applicable to it,” the minister said in an exclusive interview with PTI.
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The effect of BCCI coming under the radar of NADA is massive since the richest sporting body of India is now facing grave pressure to fall under the government’s Right to Information (RTI) Act.
“It was a natural course of action and it’s good that it happened, otherwise it would sound little vague that only one game is outside the ambit of the sports rules,” he added.
“BCCI’s argument is without basis”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been refusing to come under RTI’s control, asserting that they are not an NSF as they don’t need to take any grant from the Indian government. However, Kiren Rijiju claims that it is just a matter of time before the BCCI comes under RTI’s effect.
“Government’s money is people’s money. So that statement doesn’t matter. How is the money coming to BCCI?” The minister questioned.
“BCCI’s argument itself is without any basis. Money belongs to the country. How does money comes to a sport? From people only, people watch TV, people pay for tickets or through advertisements, it is people’s money.
“From people only the money is available to the body. People’s money whether is from the government or directly collected from the government, the value remains the same.”
He further expressed, “It is very important for every organisation to function in a transparent and accountable manner. It’s not a question of cricket or any federation”.
According to Rijiju, the National Sports Code is a vital key to have good governance in sports, and the Indian government is planning a robust code for the concerned.
“The National Sports Code is very important law which will govern the sports administration in this country. We must have a system. If you want to have a robust sports culture in the country then you must have a robust system also. A robust sports code or rule or guideline has to be there,” he said.
“I think very soon we should be able to come out with a very clear cut sports code which would be an improved version of the earlier code.