Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Nagaland: RPP alleges sporting activities controlled by ‘cartel’

Rising People’s Party (RPP) on Wednesday alleged that while the State government made “big noises about developing sports” in the State, the fact of the matter was that a cartel of politicians and extra-constitutional authorities were controlling all sporting activities in the State.
It cited the recent spat between a retired DGP and his colleagues in the Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA) as an example of this. In a statement, RPP also cited the recent thrashing of iconic footballer Bhaichung Bhutia in All India Football Federation’s presidential poll where Nagaland Football Association voted against him. This, RPP said was also a good example of the cartel putting politics over sports.
RPP therefore promised that if it came to power it would demolish the cartel that had allegedly done nothing for sports in the State except giving lip service.
Announcing its sports policy, RPP assured that the State’s core competent areas in sports would be identified, pursued and developed. For instance, during the walkathon around Nagaland, the party said it discovered that Mon district had much potential for sports. As per the policy, sports administration would be handled by sportspersons and all sports associations under NOA would be streamlined.
Special thrust would be on shooting, wrestling, boxing, cricket, other combat sports, football, badminton and archery and at least any two of these disciplines would be made a part of the school curriculum as per the proficiency of the districts.
RPP said Nagas in Olympics, a Special Vision 2032 would be unveiled, while 3-5% of the State budget would be earmarked for sports. Further, the State team for any discipline in sports would comprise of at least 75% indigenous Nagas and, henceforth, any prospective school would not be given permit/license to start unless there was sufficient playground.
National-level sportspersons would be honoured with job security either in the police or in the Sports Department, while TaFMA would be streamlined and all music and sports activities would be directly handled by the Directorate of Youth Resources & Sports.
A Hall of Fame for sportspersons would be set up and their accomplishments would be made a part of the school curriculum, RPP promised.

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