Bill to counter match-fixing to be tabled in Parl soon

SansadTV Bureau

File photo of Supreme Court appointed committee giving its verdict on the allegations of spot-fixing in the IPL. Photo – PTI

The much controversial IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal has led to something positive for the sports. The Union government is now all set to push for the introduction of Sports Fraud Bill during the ongoing Monsoon session of the Parliament.

Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday said that the Sports Fraud Bill will be sent to the cabinet in a few days for approval before it is presented in the Parliament.

“It (the Bill) will be presented to the Cabinet in a few days. There is some small work to be done at the Sports Ministry. It has got Law Ministry’s clearance,” he told the press on the sidelines of the Asia Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Conference held in the capital.

Speaking in favour of the Bill, Mr. Sonowal said “We wanted all these match-fixing things to be addressed and that is why this Bill is coming up. We have examined the Bill carefully to make sports corruption free. It is up to the honourable MPs to decide on this Bill. I hope all the MPs support this Bill so that it can be passed with consensus.”

Asked about his statement in the Parliament that BCCI was not a Sports Federation recognised by the government, Mr. Sonowal said, “The Honourable Supreme Court has said that the BCCI is a public body, so the BCCI is accountable to the public.”

Reacting on the question that whether the BCCI should come under the Right to Information Act, he said, “All I am saying is that the BCCI should be accountable to the public and its functioning transparent.”

The Sports minister also said that sports should be corruption free and transparent and sports bodies should be accountable to the public to maintain credibility.

“Sports should be corruption free and transparent so that fans and sports lovers have faith in sports. The sports bodies should function transparently and they should be accountable to the public,” he added.

(With inputs from the PTI)