The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is planning a ranking system for National Sports Federations (NSFs) with an aim to encourage healthy competition between sports bodies. According to a report by The Indian Express, these rankings will be based on the federations’ administrative capability, transparency, talent-spotting ability, and medal count of athletes. If the proposal gets a green light, this will be the first time when the ministry will put such a system in place.
Talking about this development, Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar said that a committee will set up for the purpose of ranking. “The committee will comprise sports administrators, sportspersons and professionals from other fields, including chartered accountants and management experts,” he said. As per the initial plan, the NSFs will be ranked for the financial year 2017-18, and the list will be released by May. While the committee will conduct its own study, it will also ask NSFs to submit audited accounts, give details of how professional management practices have been implemented, and how effectively they have addressed players’ grievances.
However, this will have nothing to do with the funds sanctioned for the federations. Bhatnagar said that as of now, the ranking system is needed as an incentive for national sports federations to improve their internal systems of management, governance and talent promotion. He added that this move will hopefully spur healthy competition between federations and will, in turn, help the athletes across disciplines.
“The committee which will be tasked with ranking the various sports federations will submit its findings. After that, an opportunity will be given to the sports federations to give their comments and state whether they think the rating is fair or not. After receiving the NSFs’ feedback, the rankings will be published,” Bhatnagar said.
Apart from this, the Ministry is also set to introduce a two-year post-graduate course in sports management at the Indian Institute of Management-Rohtak. The course will cover apparel design, equipment manufacturing and event management.