New Delhi: The Association of Dronacharya Awardees on Thursday demanded that the proposed National Sports Bill, which was rejected by the Cabinet on Tuesday, must be accepted in its original form.

Various Dronacharyas—OP Bhardwaj, Maha Singh Rao, DP Azad, Gurcharan Singh, Balwan Singh, AK Bansal and Sunita Sharma—unanimously came out in strong support of the proposal, tabled by the sports minister Ajay Maken, which aims to bring the sports bodies under federal transparency and accountability laws.

In a press release, the association raised questions on how justified it is that the cricketers enjoy the sports awards instituted by the Government of India but the Board of Control for Cricket in India wants to stay away from it.

"When the cricket players enjoy the sports awards instituted by the Government of India and also make use of those awards for their career and even when strong demands for award of 'Bharat Ratna' for Sachin Tendulkar were pouring in from various cricket players, why the BCCI wants to stay from the Government?," asked the association.

The association also condemned the attitude shown by few cricket players when they do not turn up for receiving the award in person, showing utter disrespect to the award.

"What is the harm if BCCI is brought under the umbrella of RTI? Why the Indian citizens who support the game of cricket and spend heavy amounts and time to watch cricket matches do not have the right to information as far as BCCI is concerned? Why is BCCI scared to face RTI?," the association stated.

The association members would soon be meeting the sports minister to express and extend their support on the issue.

(Agencies)