New Delhi: Emboldened by the cabinet's rejection of the sports bill, the IOA on Thursday demanded that a Group of Ministers examine the "contentious issues" in the document even as Sports Minister Ajay Maken insisted that no compromise would be made on bringing about transparency in the functioning of sports bodies.

The IOA, which had all along vehemently opposed the bill, on Thursday called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to set up a Group of Ministers (GOM) to sort out the issue, a move which is widely interpreted as an attempt to take the matter out of the Sports Minister's hand.

Ajay Maken, however, made it clear that he would give up on the bill just yet and would talk to his cabinet colleagues to convince them.

"I am sure I will be able to reason out with people who are opposed (to the bill) because I am clear on one thing, we do not intend to control or be intrusive. We will discuss with them and we are willing to rework on any such provision which they feel government wants to control," Maken said.

The National Sports Development Bill, which seeks to rein in sports bodies and possibly bring the cash-rich BCCI under the government's grip, was rejected by the cabinet on Tuesday with several ministers raising objections to certain clauses.

Reacting to the developments, IOA Acting President Vijay Kumar Malhotra said he has told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that not only the IOA but all the National Sports Federations (NSFs) are "willing for any scrutiny by the Government agencies."

"We have nothing to hide, the NSFs are open and transparent."

(Agencies)