Thursday, May 6, 2010

Leading Sports Administrators Accused Gill of Eroding Their Autonomy

Painted into a corner by the sports ministry’s order that limited their term in office and set a retirement age of 70, leading sports administrators of the country on Monday hit back with vengeance, accusing sports minister M S Gill of making ‘‘brazen attempts’’ to erode their autonomy and demanding that Gill be the first to retire as he himself was over 70 years old.

The who’s who of Indian sports administration, many of whom has clung to their posts for decades, got together and went on a bashing spree while claiming there was total transparency in the sports administration in the country.

The congregation had Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi, judo federation chief Jagdish Tytler, badminton president V K Verma and archery boss Vijay Kumar Malhotra, besides former minister K P Singh Deo and MPs like S S Dhindsa, Tarlochan Singh and B P Baishya. They took turns to rail against the ministry order before the media. They did not stay back to field questions claiming they had an important meeting.