New Delhi: The much-anticipated National Sports Bill received "unanimous" support from the Parliamentary Committee of Sports Ministry that discussed the provisions of the Bill on Wednesday

Well placed sources in the Ministry claim that all the members of the committee, including Kirti Azad of BJP, Shatabdi Roy of Trinamool Congress, Nripendra Nath Roy of All India Forward Bloc and Meenakshi Natarajan of the Congress, have extended full support to the bill.
  
The Committee members viewed that sports legislation at the national level was vital to promote professional management of sports in the country, protect sportspersons' rights, strengthen the talent identification and development system and ensure fair and transparent selection of national teams.
    
Headed by Sports Minister Ajay Maken, the Committee deliberated on the proposed National Sports Development Bill to promote sporting excellence in India.
    
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and all National Sports Federations (NSFs) have also received the draft and have to respond within a month.
    
"We have got unanimous support across all political parties in favour of the bill but it seems only the sporting federations are having problems," said a source.
    
The features in the bill envisage the formation of a National Sports Development Council to be headed by an eminent sportsperson, the role delineation between the Government, NSFs, Sports Authority of India and National Olympic Committee (NOC).

Besides, strengthening NOC and NSFs to control organised sports in the country and represent India overseas subject to adopting basic universal principles of good
governance.

It also suggested making it compulsory for NOC to submit a detailed report of its activities in both Houses of Parliament every four years.

The IOA would need to submit its first report to the Parliament before December 31, 2011 and it must include the audited annual financial statement and a comprehensive report on queries raised under the Right to Information Act.
 
It is provides for prevention of doping in sports, provisions to prevent age manipulation and to promote a safe and healthy environment for women in sports.
    
It also speaks of appointment of a national sports ombudsman and an appellate authority for speedy resolution of sports-related disputes and reservation of 25 per cent membership and voting rights in IOA and NSFs for sportspersons.