Indian Olympic Association    Wikimedia Commons
Indian Olympic Association Wikimedia Commons

Jaipur: The Rajasthan High Court has directed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to ensure that the Lodha Committee recommendations are implemented in all sports bodies within three months. The order was passed on Monday by a single bench of Justice JK Ranka. Earlier in a landmark judgement on July 18, 2016, the Supreme Court accepted major recommendations of Justice RM Lodha-led panel on structural reforms in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The apex court has given six months time to the BCCI to implement the recommendations. However, even after one year, the board has still not implemented the recommendations in toto. BCCI adopts Lodha panel reforms barring five contentious ones

It is for the first time that the judiciary has directed other sport bodies to implement Lodha recommendations which were till now specific to cricket. However, it is unlikely that the sports bodies will be accepting Monday’s verdict, if one goes by the BCCI’s response till now. A number of sports associations in the country continue to be run by officials who have been holding on to their posts for years. And many of them are being headed by persons who are above 70 years of age. Meanwhile, the BCCI on Wednesday adopted Lodha panel reforms partially, rejecting all major recommendations on good governance including age cap, tenure and cooling-off period at its Special General Meeting on Wednesday. BCCI SGM: Majority of state associations eager to adopt Lodha Reforms partially

Having got a shot in the arm from Supreme Court, which has agreed to hear the practical difficulties on August 18, BCCI did not implement the controversial reforms on age cap (70 years), cooling off (3 years) and tenure (9 years each at state and BCCI).