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Sexual Harassment Panels: NHRC send notice to BCCI and Other Sports Bodies



Sexual Harassment Panels NHRC send notice to BCCI and Other Sports Bodies

Sexual Harassment Panels: The Ministry of Youth Affais and Sports and the various national sports federations received letters from the National Human Rights Commissionn.

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) received notices from the NHRC as well.

The NHRC stated that non-compliance with the PoSH rule was a “matter of concern” that could “impact the legal right and dignity of sportspersons” and gave the federations four weeks to produce comprehensive reports.

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The absence of an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), as required by the 2013 PoSH Act, was brought up last month by the MC Mary Kom-led committee, which the government established to investigate claims of sexual harassment made by some of the top wrestlers in the country against Wrestling Federation of India president and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

According to the law, the ICC needs to include a minimum of four members – at least half of them women – of whom one shall be an external member, preferably from an NGO or an association that works for women’s empowerment or a person experienced with issues relating to sexual harassment, like a lawyer.

As per a May 4 investigation published by The Indian Express, the wrestling organisation wasn’t the only one breaking the law.

A completely compliant ICC was absent from 16 out of 30 national sports federations, representing the sports in which India competed at the 2018 Asian Games, the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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In a statement on Thursday, the NHRC said: “The Commission has observed that the contents of the media report, if true, amount to a violation of a law, and thus is a matter of concern as it may impact the legal right and dignity of the sportspersons.”

Besides WFI, SAI, BCCI, and the Sports Ministry, the NHRC has also sent notices to the governing bodies of 15 other federations, including those for the following sports: handball, volleyball, basketball, weightlifting, yachting, gymnastics, table tennis, billiards and snooker, kayaking and canoeing, judo, squash, triathlon, kabaddi, badminton, and archery.

(With Input From insidesport)


Pakistan Don’t Want to Play in Ahmedabad Unless it’s World Cup Final: Report



Pakistan Don't Want to Play in Ahmedabad Unless it's World Cup Final

Pakistan Don’t Want to Play in Ahmedabad Unless its World Cup Final: The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has intimated his ICC counterpart Greg Barclay about his apprehensions about playing the World Cup match against arch-rivals India at Ahmedabad, according to a PTI report

The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has intimated his ICC counterpart Greg Barclay about his apprehensions about playing the World Cup match against arch-rivals India at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, according to sources.

As it was reported by PTI initially, PCB wants its matches to be scheduled in Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru.

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Barclay and ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice were recently in Karachi to seek assurance from PCB boss that they won’t demand to play their ODI World Cup matches at a neutral venue since ACC is all set to reject its demand of playing Asia Cup on basis of ‘Hybrid Model’.

According to a senior PCB source: “Sethi has conveyed to Barclay and Allardice that Pakistan doesn’t want it matches to be scheduled in Ahmedabad unless it is a knock-out game like final.” “He requested ICC to schedule their games in Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata if national team gets clearance from Pakistan government to travel to India for the global event scheduled in October and November,” the source added.

While Pakistan board is apprehensive about the security of its players if they have to play India in Ahmedabad, it must be mentioned that Inzamam ul Haq led side had played at the Motera during its 2005 tour to India.

The PCB official also informed that Sethi has asked ICC officials to convince BCCI to accept Pakistan’s Hybrid Model for Asia Cup, which is unlikely to see the light of the day.

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He also confirmed that Sethi had also insisted that it would not accept the new revenue sharing model unless its share was increased in the new five year cycle.

“Sethi pointed out that it was unfair that Pakistan should get a lesser share of the ICC revenues in the new cycle compared to Australia and England,” the source said.

“Sethi argued that Australia and England regularly get to play bilateral series with India and their players also take part in the Indian Premier League which means extra revenues for the two boards from the IPL management,” he added.

The BCCI and ICC officials who are presently in London for the World Test Championship Final are expected to finalize the schedule and venues for the World Cup in the next few days before it is circulated to the member/participating countries.

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Lionel Messi Signs to join Inter Miami: Report



Lionel Messi Signs to join Inter Miami

Lionel Messi Signs to join Inter Miami: Lionel Messi has agreed to join Inter Miami in the MLS as first reported by popular Argentina journalist Hernan Castillo on Tuesday evening and then later by various outlets on Wednesday afternoon.

While his decision to join Inter Miami may have left hearts heavy, Messi’s journey is far from over. A new chapter awaits him in the MLS, where he will undoubtedly continue to captivate audiences and add new chapters to his storied career.

Previously, SPORT reported that the David Beckham co-owned American franchise had made a formal offer to Messi which will pay him €50 million ($54 million) per season for four years.

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Footmercato reported that Messi’s camp has accepted a two-year €1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) contract extension in the Middle East. However, the Argentine’s desired destination remained his childhood club FC Barcelona. The Catalans were waiting for La Liga to approve a viability plan that will convince the league that they can pull off the heist fiscally.

Inter Miami has always been touted as a potential next destination for Messi, whose Paris Saint-Germain contract expires on June 30.

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Until now, though, the Argentine has been most strongly linked to former club FC Barcelona and Al-Hilal in the Middle East.

Barca finally received the green light from La Liga to sign Messi on Tuesday, after their economic viability plan explaining how they can make the deal work amid financial difficulties was accepted by the Spanish top flight.

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