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Supreme Court Submits Petition to Oust BJP MLA from BAI President Post

Supreme Court Submits Petition to Oust BJP MLA from BAI President Post

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Published: 6 March 2018 4:51 AM GMT
Yesterday marked a landmark in sports administration in India when the Supreme Court submitted a petition to oust BJP MLA Himanta Biswa Sarma from the post of President of the Badminton Association of India. Furthermore, the plea will seek to implement guidelines from the Lodha recommendations applied across all National Sports Federations of India. Currently, the guidelines submitted by Justice RM Lodha are in effect only in the Board of Cricket Control in India, the country's cricket administrative body. Currently, the Lodha reform dictates that no minister from either the Union or state government should hold an office-bearer's post in the BCCI. With this having the chance of being implemented in other NSFs too, is change round the corner?
The reforms also touch upon other issues like age-limit and duration of tenure. According to an article published on The Indian Express back in 2016, the stats then stated that only 1 in 27 sports associations have an athlete as a president. Lack of athletes in positions of power when it comes to sports administrations has often been cited as a principal reason for India's non performances on major platforms. Himanta Biswa Sarma currently serves as the president of Badminton Association of India (BAI). Additionally, he is also associated with sports in Assam and heads the Assam Badminton association and holds the post president of the Assam Cricket Association. This petition may be a step in the right direction but we must also take it with a pinch of salt. Even BCCI has not successfully implemented the reforms yet as several states are yet to incorporate them in their working structures.
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