New Delhi: Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday said that the government is planning to discuss the proposed National Sports Bill in Parliament.

According to the bill, sports federations will have a fair and transparent election process and limited age and tenure for their office bearers.

Maken said the draft of the bill, which also proposes participation of athletes in the decision-making process, has already been posted on the Sports Ministry's website.

"I wish to make a suo-moto statement in this august House on the intent of the Government to initiate a national debate on the need to have legislation for the development of sports at the national level and to deal with all matters connected therewith," he said in Lok Sabha.

Maken said the draft remains true to the "the core principles enunciated in the 'Basic Universal Principles of Good Governance' proposed by the International Olympic Committee and endorsed by the XIII Olympic Congress"

The minister mentioned that there would be provisions to deal with cases of sexual harassment as well "following the guidelines by the Hon'ble Supreme Court in the Vishakha judgement."

(Agencies)