Vijay Goel refuses to comment on BCCI president Anurag Thakur's removal by SC

Hyderabad: Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday refused to comment of Supreme Court's sacking of BCCI President Anurag Thakur, saying that the government was not party to the case and his ministry will not come between the top court and the cricket body.

File image of Vijay Goel. AFP

File image of Vijay Goel. AFP

"The Sports Ministry is not between Supreme Court, BCCI and Anurag Thakur. Directly Sports Ministry has nothing to do either with Lodha Committee or BCCI and with their decisions. We are not party to that ... Supreme Court decision is Supreme Court decision," Goel told reporters in Hyderabad on the sidelines of an event.

Goel was reacting to a query relating to Supreme Court on Monday sacking BCCI President Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke from their respective positions for obstructing Lodha Committee Reforms.

He said after the recent controversy surrounding the Indian Olympic Association, the Sports Ministry has decided to constitute a committee for the improvement in National Sports Development Code under the chairmanship of Sports Secretary.

"For the good governance and transparency and cleanliness in sports I have constituted a committee so that we can give good governance and transparency in the federations, in the IOA and other bodies," Goel said.

He said in the past few months, the Sports Ministry has held meetings with NSFs, sports ministers of states, Olympians, Arjuna and Dronacharya awardees and disucssed on what improvements can be brought.

"We are continuously working in this regard. I have asked my secretary to submit a report within one month on what kind of improvements can be brought," Goel added.

Earlier, speaking at the inauguration of the 35th All India Police Equestrian Championship and Mounted (AIPEM) Police Duty Meet that got underway here, Goel said this meet serves to hone the skills of the riders, who combine courage, strength and technique.

He further said the mounted police of the country continue to be an integral part of the force in maintaining law and order.

The closing ceremony of the meet, which has been hosted by the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, will be held on 10 January.

Updated Date: Jan 02, 2017 23:01 PM

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