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DYFI demands probe by House panel

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Allegations of corruption in sports council

Kozhikode: The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) has demanded that an Assembly Committee inquire into the allegations of large-scale corruption going on at the Kerala State Sports Council for the last four years.

Addressing a news conference here on Thursday, DYFI State president Sreeramakrishnan and secretary A. Pradeep Kumar said that DYFI activist would take out a march to office of the council and its district-level offices in the State on December 7 pressing for their demands. Sports personalities would also take part in the protest march, they said.

Mr. Pradeep Kumar pointed out that the United Democratic Front (UDF) after it assumed power had not conducted elections to the council and its district affiliates. The sports council in the State, 14 district councils and 38 associations had a history of functioning with democratically elected representatives. Now the sports council was reduced to a nominated body and its day-to-day affairs were handled by a standing committee, he said.

He said district sports councils had not been reconstituted on the basis of the new Sports Act. For the last five years these councils functioned under a committee chaired by the District Collectors. However, the sports council had turned them redundant after making financial dealings through Sports Development Officers. It also was behind the recent splits witnessed in the State Boxing Association, Ball Badminton Association, Wrestling Association, Women's Cricket and Women's Hockey, he alleged.

Mr. Pradeep Kumar said that the State Government allocated Rs.9 crores from its budget to the council every year. This was given for allotting grants to the district councils, conducting tournaments, providing financial assistance to sportspersons and sending them for national tournaments, developing infrastructure facilities, building new places for conducting games, running sports hostels and organising coaching camps. However, the sports council was not bothering about its responsibilities, he alleged.

The sports council was not dispensing grants to the district councils for the past four years. It had not completed the construction of the synthetic track at the Thiruvananthapuram Central Stadium, he said.

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