Sports Minister

  • India's Asian Games contingent pruned to 516 athletes, 163 coaches September 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in consultation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday pruned the Indian contingent for the Incheon Asian Games, slated for September 19-October 4, to 679 from 942 that was proposed by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The total number of participants shall be 679, including...
  • Government has no intention to take over BCCI, says Sports Minister August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said taking over the Indian Cricket Board was not a "feasible" option since the BCCI was an autonomous body but it will try to bring the cricket body under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was responding to a...
  • Will discuss Indo-Pak cricket: Sports Minister Sarabananada Sonowal May 27, 2014

    Sarabananada Sonowal who was sworn in as a Minister of State with Independent Charge on Monday said that he was happy to take charge as the Sport Minister. In an interview to CNN-IBN Sonowal said, "We will discuss over cricket between India and Pakistan." ...
  • Sachin Tendulkar should be India's future Sports Minister: Borde November 12, 2013

    Noida: Lauding Sachin Tendulkar's love for sports, former Test cricketer Chandu Borde on Tuesday said he wants to see the retiring legend as Sports Minister of India in future. "I do not believe Sachin can ever distance himself from sports. It's in his blood. In the future, I wish to see...
  • Sports Minister writes to IOC to stick to chargesheet clause August 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Miffed at the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) decision to dilute the contentious chargesheet clause, Sports Minister Jitendra Singh has shot off a letter to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President asking the world body to stick to its earlier stand of barring corruption-tainted persons from contesting elections. On Sunday, the...
  • States have agreed to model sports law: Sports Minister May 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday said all the states have agreed to a model law suggested by the centre to tackle the menace of betting and match-fixing that has rocked Indian cricket. "The states have agreed to the suggestion that the centre could develop a model sports law...
  • Time to introduce checks and balances in IPL: Sports Minister May 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Jitender Singh has said the ongoing spot-fixing controversy has not just given a bad name to cricket but also to sports as a whole. Talking exclusively to CNN-IBN, the minister said, with greater money in cricket, it must be ensured that there should be more responsibility by...
  • Sibal proposes law to control fixing in sports May 19, 2013

    New Delhi: In the wake of the spot-fixing scandal in IPL, Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday proposed a law to tackle fixing and other illegal activities in sports in India. Sibal spoke to Sports Minister Jitendra Singh and proposed to plug the loopholes that help the accused to escape...
  • IOC to lift ban on IOA, says Sports Minister May 16, 2013

    New Delhi: India's Sports Minister Jitender Singh on Thursday said that the roadmap for India's return to the Olympic fold has been chalked out by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and it will take 30 to 60 days to complete the entire process. The Sports Minister, who met the IOC officials...
  • Stand-off over Sports Code nearing resolution: Sports Minister April 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that the stand-off between the government and the IOA over the contentious Sports Code was nearing resolution, a development which could pave the way for India putting up a united front in the joint meeting with the IOC next month. Talking to...
  • Haryana Minister gets bail in fake voters case April 12, 2013

    Gurgaon: Haryana Sports Minister Sukhbir Kataria on Friday appeared in a local court which granted him bail in a bogus voters case related to 2009 Assembly elections. Judge Ashok Mann granted bail to Kataria, who has been booked under various sections of IPC related to forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy...
  • IOA blaming Sports Bill for suspension unfortunate: Sports Minister April 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Jitendra Singh expressed disappointment over the Indian Olympic Association holding the Sports bill responsible for the country's suspension from the Olympic movement, terming it as "very, very unfortunate". "I am deeply shocked and upset after reading the contents of the letter. It is delayed tactics. As far...
  • Banning a supporter-based club like Mohun Bagan not an option: Novy Kapadia December 13, 2012

    Can Mohun Bagan wriggle out of the mess they are in? They have got a short breather in the form of a court stay on the All India Football Federation's notice to suspend their I-League match against Pailan Arrows on Saturday. Can there be a compromise? Football commentator Novy Kapadia...
  • Newsmaker of the Day: Jitendra Singh December 8, 2012

    The sports minister Friday took the bold decision to de-recognise India's amateur boxing and archery federations because of their faulty electoral process. ...
  • IOA to blame for India's suspension by IOC: Sports Minister December 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday blamed the Indian Olympic Association for India's suspension by the International Olympic Committee, a development which puts a bar on the country's Olympic participation "The Indian Olympic Association is to blame for the current crisis. We told the IOA many times to...
  • Soccer legends Dunga, Cafu to play in Kolkata October 22, 2012

    Kolkata: Kolkata, the soccer mad city of cricket crazy India, is set to hold another big football event involving the game's legends on Dec 8 when yesteryears' greats from Brazil and other powerhouses clash at the Salt Lake Stadium here, the organisers announced on Monday. The match involving Brazilian Masters...
  • Maken draws up fitness scheme for students August 30, 2012

    New Delhi: In a bid to ensure better health and promote sports culture among kids, Sports Minister Ajay Maken Wednesday came up with a proposal under which school children will get marks for their physical fitness. Currently marks and grades are linked to academic performance, but the new proposal seeks to...
  • Maken promises coaching jobs to medal winners July 27, 2012

    London: Sports minister Ajay Maken said the Government of India will offer coaching jobs to its athletes who win medals at the 30th Olympic Games starting Friday. "Government of India has decided to offer coaching jobs to all past and present medal winners at the Olympics," Maken said while speaking at...
  • Don't sponsor Kalmadi's Olympic visit: Maken to IOA July 13, 2012

    New Delhi: In a bid to prevent Suresh Kalmadi from attending the London Olympics, the Sports Ministry on Friday shot off a letter to IOA, requesting the sports body not to facilitate the tainted administrator's visit to UK on "ethical grounds". In a letter to Randhir Singh, Secretary General of the...
  • BCCI begins probe into IPL sting with Shalabh May 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Acting swiftly, the BCCI began the probe into the spot-fixing scandal that has rocked IPL with one of the suspended domestic players deposing before the inquiry commission on Wednesday, even as Sports Minister Ajay Maken called for a "long-term solution" to deal with the menace. Barely a day after...
  • Remove the roots of match-fixing, urges Maken May 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Reacting to the sting operation carried out by India TV showing five IPL players agreeing to spot-fix and take black money, Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Wednesday advised the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to go to the root of the whole problem, adding that...
  • Govt working to resolve IHF-HI dispute: Maken March 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The government is working with the Indian Olympic Association, Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and Hockey India (HI) to facilitate a settlement that is acceptable to both the warring factions - IHF and HI, Sports Minister Ajay Maken informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. "The controversy/infighting in hockey, inter-alia,...
  • Maken assures help to Yuvraj in cancer fight February 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Ajay Maken has promised government help to cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who is undergoing chemotherapy in the United States to recover from lung cancer. "Wish Yuvraj a speedy recovery! Asking officials to find the quantum and nature of help required. Government should & will help him," Maken tweeted. Yuvraj,...
  • Ranatunga slams Sri Lanka sacking of Marsh January 27, 2012

    Colombo: Legendary Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Thursday slammed his country's sacking of Australian coach Geoff Marsh as "disgraceful" and "unprofessional." Marsh was this week replaced by South African Graham Ford. The move followed Tillakaratne Dilshan quitting the captaincy on Monday. Former skipper Mahela Jayawardene was brought in to...
  • Short-term skipper Jayawardene denies infighting January 27, 2012

    Colombo: New Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said he has taken up the Sri Lanka captaincy for a short term and rejected the Sports Minister's allegation that politics and infighting within the playing squad has caused the team's recent slump. Jayawardene said that the team has collectively made mistakes but disunity...
  • SL minister orders probe into cricket crisis January 17, 2012

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has sought a report from the country's cricket board into the recent debacle of national team against South Africa. The Sports Minister on Tuesday ordered Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chairman Upali Dharmadasa to submit the report on the issues plaguing the national team within...
  • SL sports minister asks team to shape up December 6, 2011

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's sports minister has told the nation's cricket team to start talking to each other to help end their losing streak, saying a lack of communication was the main problem in the squad. Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage met the players, selectors and administrators on Tuesday to find a solution...
  • FTN: Is there no place for old school elitism in New India? September 19, 2011

    Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar slammed Sports Minister Ajay Maken as BA Pass from Hansraj college. ...
  • Newsmaker of the day: Ajay Maken September 14, 2011

    Corporates need to come forward and promote the game feels Ajay Maken after the Indian hockey team rejected the cash award for their victory at the Asians Champions Trophy. ...
  • Newsmaker of the day: Ajay Maken August 2, 2011

    Sports Minister Ajay Maken blamed NDA for appointing Suresh Kalmadi as CWG OC chief. ...