Paralympic Committee of India Current Affairs - 2020

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Sports Ministry derecognises Paralympic Committee of India

Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) derecognised the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) for violating National Sports Development Code of India, 2011.

Key Highlights

Government has suspended PCI in accordance with provisions under clause I (ix) and clause I (x) of Annexure-III of National Sports Development Code of India 2011.

Issue: In a letter addressed to Secretary-General of Paralympic Committee of India Chandrashekhar J. it was mentioned that a complaint was received against PCI from Rao Inderjit Singh regarding his removal from President’s post of PCI. Therefore, an explanation was sought from PCI through Ministry’s notices dated from 11 July to 29 August 2019. However, the explanation was not found satisfactory and hence the action was been taken.

Explanation provided: On 4 May 2019, PCI had conducted an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in which a resolution was adopted that barred public servants from getting elected to its executive. Thereby, Rao Inderjit Singh was removed as President by a majority vote.

Government Response: It was after removal of Rao Inderjit Singh PCI’s President that the government found PCI failing the good governance practices and also held them accountable for violating its own constitution as well as National Sports Development Code of India, 2011 in removing the elected President.

MYAS has also cited district’s registrar’s order, according to which amendment of byelaws is seen as a violation of Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960 and 1961.

About Paralympic Committee of India

PCI was founded in 1992. It was then earlier named as ‘Physically Handicapped Sports Federation of India’.

It is the national body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at Paralympic Games (or Paralympics) as well as other international athletic meets.

PCI also manages Indian teams at these events.

Union Sports Ministry grants recognition to Paralympic Committee of India

The Union Sports Ministry has granted recognition to Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) after the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced temporary lifting of suspension on it.

This recognition gives a huge confidence boost to the several para-athletes who have qualified for 2016 Rio Paralympics.

The IPC had suspended PCI in April 2015 due to internal conflicts between different groups and persons, which were undermining the development of Paralympic Movement in India. Due to suspension, Indian para-athletes were not allowed to participate in any IPC-sanctioned competition, including 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

About Paralympic Committee of India (PCI)

  • PCI was founded in 1992 as the Physically Handicapped Sports Federation of India.
  • It was recognized in November 2011, as National Sports Federation (NSF) for promotion of sports amongst the physically challenged sportspersons in the country.
  • It is responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Paralympic Games and other international athletic meets.