SPORTS MINISTRY

  • Sports ministry urges AIBA to revoke suspension imposed on Sarita Devi December 3, 2014

    Pleading with the International Boxing Association to revoke the suspension imposed on boxer L Sarita Devi, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has written a letter to AIBA President Dr Ching Kuo Wu, requesting him to take a sympathetic view given her humble background. Sarita was provisionally suspended after she refused to accept...
  • The last of the golden generation of hockey felicitated November 29, 2014

    The Indian hockey medal winners were felicitated by the Sports ministry that won against Pakistan in 1964 to clinch gold at the Tokyo Olympics. ...
  • For Saina Nehwal, it is always about playing for India October 30, 2014

    In the wake of Sports Ministry's diktat of not to extend financial help to athletes who prefer professional commitment over representing India, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Thursday insisted her first priority would always be to play for the country. "I don't think anyone would not want to play for the...
  • My commitment for India should not be questioned: Leander Paes October 30, 2014

    A day after sports ministry made it clear that athletes who remain unavailable for national duty would not get financial aid from it, top tennis star Leander Paes said his commitment should not be questioned since he has given his all in the last 24 years while playing for India. The...
  • Play for India to avail grants: Sports Ministry issues diktat October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Taking exception to top Indian tennis players, who were reluctant to compete in the recent Asian Games, the Sports Ministry on Wednesday said individual players will be able to avail grants from it only if they are available for India when needed. The ministry's diktat comes after players like...
  • TOP is a great initiative by sports ministry, says Rahul Dravid October 28, 2014

    With an aim to increase India's medal tally in 2016 and 2020 Olympics, the Sports Ministry has decided to start a "Target Mission Olympic Podium Scheme". ...
  • Boxer Manoj Kumar likely to get Arjuna Award: sources September 17, 2014

    Boxer Manoj Kumar, who had approached the High Court after being overlooked for the Arjuna Award, is likely to get the sports honour sources told CNNIBN on Wednesday. According to the sources, Manoj's coach has received a call from the Sports Ministry about the development. After Manoj's plea, the HC...
  • Wait on Asian Games list continues, India misses crucial meeting September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The long wait for government clearance of the country's contingent at the upcoming Asian Games continued on Monday with the sports ministry yet to get directions from the Prime Minister's Office, leading to India missing out on the scheduled Delegates Registration Meeting in Incheon. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had...
  • Will discuss IndoPak 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 CNNIBN Sonowal said, "We will discuss over cricket between India and Pakistan." ...
  • MHA gives nod to draft Prevention of Sporting Fraud Bill April 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The Home Ministry has given its nod to a draft bill that envisages to check spotfixing and illegal betting in sporting events, and mulls a maximum of five years' imprisonment for such crimes. The draft Prevention of Sporting Fraud Bill, prepared by the Sports Ministry in consultation with the...
  • Sports Ministry asks BCCI to keep check on corruption in IPL April 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The Sports Ministry on Friday asked the BCCI to furnish details on a number of issues, including mechanisms put in place by the Cricket Board, to ensure that unethical practices like betting and match-fixing do not take place during the upcoming IPL. While the Ministry has made it clear...
  • Sports Ministry clears foreign training stints of athletes March 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Top Indian track and field athletes, including medal prospects Vikas Gowda and Krishna Poonia, have been cleared by the Sports Ministry for foreign training stints as part of the preparation for the Commonwealth and Asian Games later this year. Poonia, along with his husband and coach Virender, has been...
  • Boxers will not suffer due to IBF termination, says sports minister March 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian Boxing Federation might be in trouble following its termination by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), but sports minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday assured the boxers that their training would not suffer and would be provided with all the required facilities. "All training facilities will be given to...
  • Sports Ministry sanctions grant for Winter Games participants January 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The Sports Ministry has sanctioned a grant of Rs 10,52,000 for purchase of sports equipments and other essential items for the participants of Winter Olympics Games at Sochi, Russia. "The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports have sanctioned a grant of Rs 10,52,000.00 (Rupees Ten Lacs fifty two thousand...
  • Ministry issues Dec 31 deadline to NSFs to amend constitution November 28, 2013

    New Delhi: The sports ministry has issued a fresh deadline to eight National Sports Federations (NSFs), which have not yet amended their constitution in accordance with the sports code, asking them to submit the required documents by December 31, 2013, failing which their government recognition could be "impacted". The ministry, in...
  • IOA's reluctance to amend constitution upsets Sports Ministry October 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Reacting to IOA's reluctance to amend its constitution as per IOC's directive to bar chargeframed persons from contesting election, the sports ministry on Monday expressed concern over the ongoing impasse and reiterated that the deadlock must be resolved at the earliest. The IOA, in a special General Body Meeting...
  • Sports Ministry doubles allocation of funds for hockey October 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Elated with Junior men hockey team's performance at the recent Sultan Johar Cup, the Sports Minister Jitendra Singh Thursday announced the Government's decision to allocate double funds for training and setting up of new infrastructure for hockey in the country. "The government of India has doubled its allocation towards...
  • Sports Ministry confirms Ronjan Sodhi is 2013 Khel Ratna awardee August 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Rejecting discuss thrower Krishna Poonia claims for a joint award, the Indian Sports Ministry on Thursday confirmed shooter Ronjan Sodhi as the 2013 Khel Ratna awardee. The recommendation made by the selection panel headed by the former World billiards champion Michael Ferreira comprising eminent sportsperson. However,...
  • Sports Ministry remains firm, no Khel Ratna for Poonia August 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh found time from his multifarious responsibilities to clear the national sports awards file on Thursday morning and an official announcement in this regard was expected later in the day. Importantly, and contrary to speculation, there are no changes in the list finalised by the...
  • Khel Ratna controversy: No breakthrough in Krishna Poonia issue August 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Her case may be getting weaker with each passing day but a consensus is still awaited on discus thrower Krishna Poonia's plea to be reconsidered for the country's highest sporting honour, the Khel Ratna award, as the file is still with sports minister Jitendra Singh. Though it is certain...
  • India backs IOC move to keep tainted officials out August 21, 2013

    Mumbai: The government on Wednesday backed the International Olympic Committee's efforts in barring tainted officials from contesting the national Olympic body's elections. The IOC banned the country in December after refusing to recognise the results of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) elections due to government interference, which led to a tainted official...
  • Sports Ministry announces cash award for junior women hockey team August 7, 2013

    New Delhi: The Sports Minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday announced a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 to each member of the junior women's hockey team, who recently created history by winning the country's firstever bronze medal in the Junior Women Hockey World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany. The Ministry also announced...
  • BCCI should wait for police probe to end: Sports Ministry July 29, 2013

    New Delhi: The BCCI probe panel might have given a clean chit to the coowners of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the IPL spotfixing scandal, but the Sports Ministry on Monday made it clear it does not give much importance to the verdict and would rather wait for...
  • Government acts tough with moneyminded players July 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Taking a strong note of Indian tennis players rebelling, the sports ministry on Thursday asked the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and National Sports Federations (NSFs) to come down hard on players who prefer prize money tournaments over representing the country. Sports secretary Pradip Deb didn't specify if the...
  • Proposed antifixing bill does not include leagues like IPL: Sources May 30, 2013

    New Delhi: The proposed antifixing bill doesn't include leagues like the IPL, sources said on Thursday. The proposed bill incorporates only interstate and international competitions like test matches. Meanwhile, the Sports Ministry has sought massive changes in the draft. The Sports Ministry has given its set of recommendations to the Law...
  • Sports Ministry seeks changes to draft antifixing bill May 29, 2013

    New Delhi: Hardly convinced with the first draft of the proposed antifixing law, the Sports Ministry on Wednesday demanded certain changes in the bill including a clearer definition of the term 'dishonesty' and plugging of loopholes which could encourage corrupt practices in events like IPL. "We have drafted our response (to...
  • Full text: Sports Ministry's statement on IPL spotfixing May 29, 2013

    The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has observed with considerable disquiet, the reports about match & spot fixing in cricket. BCCI is inquiring into allegations of match and spot fixing. As there is a conflict of interest in this inquiry, therefore BCCI President should tender his resignation on moral...
  • Law Ministry for 37 years jail for spot, match fixing May 28, 2013

    New Delhi: The Law Ministry has proposed punishment ranging from three to seven years' jail for various "dishonest" practices in a sporting event, including spotfixing and matchfixing. The draft 'Dishonest Practice in Sporting Event (Prevention) Bill', submitted to the Sports Ministry, provides for punishment of up to three years in jail...
  • Sports Ministry seeks extensive modification in draft law May 28, 2013

    New Delhi: The Sports Ministry is not satisfied with the first draft of the proposed law to curb sportfixing and other corrupt practices in sports and intends to carry out "extensive modification" to the contents of the draft. "We have received the draft today (Tuesday). But...
  • Thinking of ways to bring transparency in sports: Jitendra Singh May 24, 2013

    Even as Sports Minister Jitendra Singh said the the functioning of the IPL and the BCCI do not come under the Sports Ministry, he added that the government is thinking of ways to bring more transparency in Indian sports. ...