The Government recognizes 54 National Sports Federations including AIFF, Hockey India, BFI | Tech Reddy


THE INDIA GOVERNMENT has issued a blanket order de-recognizing 54 National Sports Federations, including major NSFs like All India Football Federation, Hockey India, All India Tennis Association and Boxing Federation of India.

SPS Tomar, Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, wrote an official letter to the Director General of the Sports Authority of India, saying:

“I am ordered to refer to the letter of this Ministry of the even number dated 02.06.2020 regarding “Renewal of the annual recognition of National Sports Federations for the year 2020″ and to say that its compliance with the Order dated 24.06.2020 passed by the Hon’ble Delhi High Court in WP (C) No. 195/2020, the Department’s letter of even number dated 02.06.2020 granting provisional annual recognition of 54 NSF is withdrawn” .

The order effectively means that the government will stop funding the activities of these NSFs, including training camps and competitions. This will not have an immediate impact since due to COVID-19, sports activities have come to a standstill. However, training camps for boxing and wrestling were expected to resume from July; which may be adversely affected if the government stops issuing funds.

Earlier, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs had granted annual recognition on a provisional basis to the NSFs, but on Wednesday a bench of the Delhi High Court issued a stay on this order, saying:

“MYSA will issue a new notice in two days, informing all 54 NSFs concerned that its order giving provisional renewal until September 30, is recalled. the notice will be remembered.

For the AIFF, the problems are less about money and more about having a good relationship with the government. Its commercial partners FSDL provide the majority of the Federation’s operating costs, but with the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in India in 2021 followed by the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2022, it is not a good place to be; especially since government cooperation is needed to facilitate the safe travel of players and staff from around the world.

There is, however, enough time for the NSF to appeal this decision and try to have it reversed or obtain a stay order.

Here is a full list of the NSFs that were named in the letter:

All India Chess Federation of India
All India Football Federation
All India Sports Council of the Deaf
All India Tennis Association
All India Carrom Federation
Amateur Baseball Federation of India
Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India
Soft Amateur Tennis Federation of India
Athletics Federation of India
Atya Patya Federation of India
Badminton Association of India
Ball Badminton Federation of India
Basketball Federation of India
Billiards and Snooker Federation of India
Boxing Federation of India
Bridge Federation of India
Cycle Polo Federation of India
Cycling Federation of India
Equestrian Federation of India
Fencing Association of India
Handball Federation of India
Hockey India
Polo Association of India
Indian Federation of Body Builders
Indian Kayak and Canoe Association
Indian Pencak Silat Federation
Indian Rugby Football Union
Indian Triathlon Federation
Indian Weightlifting Federation
Judo Federation of India
Karate Association of India
Kho-Kho Federation of India
KIFI Association (International Kudo Federation India)
Mallakhamb Federation of India
National Rifle Association of India
Netball Federation of India
Roll Ball Federation of India
Roller Skating Federation of India
Sepak Takraw Federation of India
Shooting Federation of India
Softball Association of India
Special Olympics Bharat
Squash Racket Federation of India
Indian Swimming Federation
Table Tennis Federation of India
Tenni Koit Federation of India
Tennis Ball Cricket Federation of India
Ten-Pin Bowling Federation of India
The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India
Tug-of War Federation of India
Volleyball Federation of India
Wrestling Federation of India
Wushu Association of India
Yachting Association of India


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