IOA Chief Batra lashes out at MoS officials

IOA and FIH president Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra - InsideSport

The Ministry of Sports dictate that national sports federations and the Indian Olympic Association will have to take the prior permission for hosting international events seems to have offended the IOA president Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra.

The strong sports administer, Dr. Batra has slammed the MoS officials for what he has termed as “idiotic bureaucratic attitude”. Speaking to media in the Capital, Dr. Batra had stated that “some officials in the ministry are making life miserable for all”.

“Of late there have been many letters to the (national sports) federations saying that before hosting an (international) event one needs to take permission from the Government. Sometimes we have idiotic bureaucrats coming in and they have made everyone’s life miserable,” national daily Hindustan Times has quoted Dr. Batra as saying.

He further adds: “You need some intelligent people who understand sports rather than some joker coming in from Mars and giving ideas, while they themselves have zero idea about what is happening.”

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sport, Department of Sport, had earlier issued an advisory to the national sports federations and the IOA, making it mandatory for them to inform the ministry prior to making a bid to host an international sports event. The ministry should also be informed in advance about the quantum of financial assistance the federation(s) will require for the proposed event. If a federation fails to avail ministry’s nod prior to submitting its bid for the event, it might not get the desired financial support from the ministry.

Dr. Batra, who is credited with uplifting Indian hockey in an utmost professional manner during his tenure as the Hockey India president, in a strong manner has asserted that such approach will adversely affect sports’ growth in the country. “They (the ministry officials) are putting so many conditions that no sporting event can be hosted in India. Prior permission for Olympics and Asiad are fine, but for smaller events this is tough,” he said.


Meanwhile, Dr. Batra, who is also the International Hockey Federation (FIH) president, has also stated that the Pakistan team will be invited for the Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar during November-December.

“Pakistan will be invited because it’s an FIH-sanctioned event. We have taken the necessary permissions from the external affairs ministry. There are certain rules and procedures in which participating nations have to apply for visas 60 days prior to the start of the tournament. There are other procedures which Pakistan will have to follow,” Batra is quoted as saying by the Times of India.

The FIH president has, however, further clarified that Pakistan will come for the World Cup, but they will have to “adhere to certain conditions”.

TOI has reported that that the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has requested the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to process the visas of their players and officials on time so to avoid any last-minute glitch.