The sports ministry filed a request with the Delhi High Court on Tuesday to allow him to return the temporary awards of 57 national sports federations (NSFs). In addition to the 54 NSFs that were awarded the award until September this year earlier in the month, and later withdrew due to a court order, the ministry also requested renewal of the recognition of the Indian Golf Association (IGU), the School Games Association of India and the Rowing Federation of India.
The Ministry of Sports is approaching Delhi HC for returning the recognition to the NSF members
“Defendant No. 1 / MYAS is filing an immediate application seeking the consent of the Hon’ble Court for the Provisional Annual Recognition for 2020 of the 54 NSFs in question and the revocation / return of the suspended / recognized governmental recognition of 3 NSFs … and, accordingly, grant temporary annual recognition for 2020 to 30.09.2020, given the extraordinary circumstances prevailing due to COVID-19.
“It is respectfully argued that not renewing the annual recognition of the NSF is detrimental to the overall development of the sport, especially athletes / athletes who are otherwise demoralized due to COVID-19, as all training sessions and competitions are put on hold.”
The court ruled on June 24 that the ministry and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) should “notify the court in advance” while making “any decision regarding the NSF” under an order issued on February 7. Subsequently, the ministry withdrew annually recognition provided the next day by 54 NSFs earlier in the month.
IOA President Narinder Batra said he hoped the problem would be resolved quickly and that a situation like this could prove detrimental to India’s hopes of commemorating the Olympics.
“It can even lead to recognition. If any NSF tells its International Federation that we are unable to do anything because the IOA is not giving any permission. The IOA will then say we have to get court approval as the ministry could then interfere with the government’s autonomous the work of sports bodies and he will be suspended.
“As citizens of India, we must follow and obey the orders of the court and we will do so. And if that means we will not win any medals at the Olympics, let it be, what can we do now,” Batra said.