Sports ministry awards 54 NSFs recognition till September, leaves out governing bodies for Paralympics and rowing

The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), Rowing Federation of India (RFI) and School Games Federation of India (SGFI) were the ones denied recognition once again

Press Trust of India May 11, 2020 14:16:24 IST
Sports ministry awards 54 NSFs recognition till September, leaves out governing bodies for Paralympics and rowing

New Delhi: The Sports Ministry on Monday granted recognition to 54 national federations till September this year, continuing to leave out the governing bodies for Paralympics and rowing from the list.

The ministry granted fresh recognition to the All India Carrom Federation.

Sports ministry awards 54 NSFs recognition till September leaves out governing bodies for Paralympics and rowing

File image of Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. Twitter @KirenRijiju

The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), Rowing Federation of India (RFI) and School Games Federation of India (SGFI) were the ones denied recognition once again.

While PCI and RFI were suspended for violating the National Sports Code, the Sushil Kumar-led SGFI was de-recognised for mismanagement.

While recognition to NSFs is usually annual, this time the ministry has decided to offer only till September this year, raising eyebrows from Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra.

"Why September 2020 and why not till December 2020," Batra questioned.

Sports Ministry officials did not immediately respond to calls for an explanation on the matter.

Ministry's recognition is of great significance to small NSFs as they mostly depend on the government's yearly funding to manage their day-to-day expenses.

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