The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has suspended the School Games Federation of India.
The decision is taken after the SGFI has failed to convince the Ministry with its response to the notice over the death of the 15-year-old football Nitisha Negi player and troubles faced by the girls’ hockey team during the 2107 Pacific School Games in Australia.
Deputy secretary in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, SPS Tomar has informed the SGFI president and secretary about the decision to suspend the federation.
“SGFI has failed to provide accurate and satisfactory information/reply to this ministry despite given ample opportunities. The Government is of the view that SGFI has violated the provisions of National Sports Development Code of India 2011. Under the given situation, Government is left with no choice but to suspend School Games Federation of India,” states the letter signed by Tomar.
Nitisha had drowned at the Glenelg Beach in Adelaide on December 10, 2017. Four of other members of the girls football team were rescued by life guards. The hockey team was also stranded and left to fend for themselves during that event.
The SGFI had constituted an inquiry into the matter. The Ministry has asked the federation to furnish the findings along with the action-taken report. The federation had just shared that the team coach and three managers were found guilty and banned for life.
Since the Ministry did not find the response satisfactory, it had further asked for the detailed report along with the documentation and notings taken into consideration during the inquiry process.
The Ministry, after finding that the coaches’ names were not mentioned in the inquiry report, had issued a show-cause notice to the SGFI, asking why “the Government recognition should not be withdrawn”.
The SGFI had, states the suspension letter, yet against stated the coach and three managers were banned for life. Not satisfied with the response, the Ministry had decided to withdraw recognition.
CLICK HERE to read the Ministry notice to suspend the federation.