Haryana Assembly today condemned the "obstinate and selfish conduct" of MLA and IOA president Abhay Singh Chautala "for causing incalculable damage to the career of sportspersons and Olympic movement" and passed an unanimous resolution calling upon the Union Sports Ministry to cleanse the system.
In a resolution moved by state Parliamentary Affairs minister Randeep Surjewala and passed after a 90-minute discussion in absence of opposition members, the House called upon the Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs to immediately implement 'Model Sports Code' in the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as well as in sports federations/ bodies of the country.
"The House condemns such an obstinate and selfish conduct of Abhay Singh Chautala, a member of this House (Assembly) as also other tainted sports administrators, which has caused incalculable damage to the career of sports persons, sports bodies and the Olympic movement itself," the resolution said.
It called upon the Ministry to cleanse the system, in which even the tainted manage to stick to their posts, jeopardising the future of promising players and not caring for the country's prestige.
The code will ensure India's participation in all international events, secure the future of sportspersons and ensure a fair, just, equitable and morally appropriate administration of sports in India, the resolution said.
"Tainted politicians-cum-sports administrators, are however, challenging the very foundation of India's shining place in the sports arena. These self-serving sports administrators have put a question mark on the career of budding players by converting the National Sports Federations/bodies into their personal fiefdoms," the resolution said.
Unfortunately, all tainted sports administrators-cum-politicians opposed the implementation of this 'Model Sports Code' in the name of independence of Olympic Charter, it said.
"They refuse to follow the law of the land in the guise of following the Olympic Charter, ignoring provisions relating to ethics," the resolution said.
Speaking on the resolution, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda launched a scathing attack on Abhay and Ajay Singh Chautala, both members of the House.
"Yesterday the House was debating the misuse of power by them (Chautalas), today there is another example of blatant misuse of power where you have one brother (Abhay) occupying the IOA and the other (Ajay) the Table Tennis Federation.
Their only interest is to serve their vested interests and they have no concern for the country's prestige, which is at stake," Hooda said. The resolution welcomed the decision of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to include wrestling in 2020 Olympics.
Haryana and its sports persons, particularly its wrestlers, boxers, shooters, hockey and cricket players and javelin throwers have brought laurels to the country, it said.
Hooda said, even though IOC has decided to include wrestling in the 2020 Olympics, Indian wrestlers might suffer as their participation in international events is still uncertain following IOA's reluctance to remove their tainted leaders, according to the the world body's directive.
"I had said earlier that our (Haryana's) opposition is dented, tainted and painted, the same goes for these set of persons who put their personal interests above the country's," he said.
"Being a sportsperson myself and having represented the country, I know the pain of players and their parents, only because of a bunch of tainted persons," Hooda said.
The Chief Minister said his government has taken a number of steps to encourage budding talents, who have brought laurels for the country and the state at various national and international events, but regretted that these players would suffer as they would be able to participate in international events due to some tainted leaders.
Among others who spoke on the resolution were Congress members Anand Singh Dangi, Anil Dhantori, Aftab Ahmed, Naresh Sharma and Sampat Singh.
On November 25 2012, a group of tainted sports administrators bulldozed the election of Abhay Singh Chautala as president of the IOA, the resolution said.
This was done despite the fact that Chautala was chargesheeted under Section 13 (1) and (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 by a Special CBI court at New Delhi and there were prohibitory orders passed by the IOC for not holding such meetings till appropriate amendments on 'ethics and suitability' had been carried out in the constitution of IOA.
In an unprecedented move, this led to suspension of IOA by the IOC, bringing disgrace and putting future of lakhs of sportspersons in jeopardy, the resolution said.
It further said Abhay Singh Chautala had been the president of the All India Amateur Boxing Association for the past 12 years (2000-2012) and on September 23, 2012, he got himself elected as chairman and his brother-in-law Abhishek Matoria as president of All India Amateur Boxing Association.
Even this election has been rejected by the International Amateur Boxing Association, the resolution said, adding that the international body has suspended the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation.