New Delhi: Sports Minister Ajay Maken minced no words on Monday when he gave clear indications to sports bodies in the country that they won’t be allowed to have an unrestricted liberty in the guise of exercising autonomy.

The government’s measures to bring in transparency in the functioning of sports bodies including Indian Olympic Association (IOA) after the Commonwealth Games (CWG) has led to strong opposition from the concerned bodies.

Government wants to bring in certain fundamental changes like fixing the tenure, maximum age of officials of several sports bodies. Such moves have received strong protests from the office bearers, who have even threatened that any such move may invite action from International Olympic Committee.

Referring to the Bill, which the government wants to legislate to bring transparency, Maken asked the bodies to give in writing about the clauses they think would hamper the autonomy of the sports bodies.

Maken, while addressing media persons said, “After Justice Mudgal committee comes to a conclusion, we will decide on the issue.”

“Steps like bringing sports bodies under RTI, conducting election in a transparent manner, making sportsperson representatives of the bodies shouldn’t be treated as intervention,” he added.

Such steps would only strengthen sports bodies, Maken said hinting that the government is not ready to budge over the entire issue.

JPN/ Bureau