Sports Code to incorporate transparency provisions: Rathore

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore

NEW DELHI: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said on Monday that transparency in the functioning of the IOA and national sports federations (NSFs) is very important and his ministry will incorporate the provisions regarding how to make them transparent in the Sports Code.  

He was speaking at a function here Monday organized by the IOA to mark the unveiling of kit and attire for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) to be held in April at Gold Coast, Australia.

He said, the biggest sponsor of Indian sports has been the government of India and his ministry will continue to do so. Rathore called upon the IOA and the NSFs to try and generate revenue on their own, taking advantage of the interests shown by the corporate sector to invest in sports.

Referring to National Sports Development Fund (NSDF), Rathore said government is committed to make equal contribution to the NSDF. He said, “It is a federal fund. So, whenever anyone puts money into it, it gets doubled, as the government puts equal money. Not only this, the person or company that puts the money into the fund, can tell where the money can be used, geographically, which athlete, or which sport," He said.