Cricket, a semi-religion of India; Football, the pride of Bengal; Hockey, legendary and high-esteem links with the game; Tennis, growing sensation; Golf, here to stay; ... With a population of more than 1 billion, sports in India have come to hold a prominent position not as a part-and-parcel of entertainment industry alone but as a professional league of its own. Gone are the days when sporting leagues were dominated by part-timers who had the resources to indulge themselves in the not-so-respectable-by-itself sporting arenas. Today are the times when sporting activities are a profession in themselves, requiring constantly being informed and updated of the changing times, involvement of technology and carrying with it all facets and dimensions which any other self-governing profession requires.
I am a firm believer of the fact that law most-often-than-not is remedial, following society and bringing into force regulation to influence the human interactions. To employ this for asserting the need for a sports law is not counter-productive.
It has been two years since the Supreme Court declared that BCCI was not a public body (technically 'State' within the meaning of Article 12 of the Constitution). The result; its actions could not be challenged on the grounds of public interest or otherwise. But does this dissuade the fact that this BCCI not only tinkers but controls what is the heart of public interest in
The thrust of the matter is that sports in
It has a National Sports Policy (last updated in 2001) but there is little empirical evidence as to how far it has translated into practice. No doubt it has been giving a lot of financial assistance to the professional bodies for the development of sports but I believe it is not sufficient. I think a lot needs to be done to organize the games on a more professional basis.
Initially, I had also thought of the option of a national sporting academy/institution to regulate all sports in
The questions of how I leave again to the vagaries of political-will but the need for an immediate stock-taking of professional-sports regulation is imminent and requires consolidated and long-term game plans, if India has to succeed in promoting itself as a strong world-games-champs country.