Lok Sabha MP and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, has introduced three private member bills including a significant ‘National Sports Ethics Commission’ bill which recommends “10 years of jail term along with Lifetime ban” for any sportsperson indulging in match-fixing. According to the bill that has been placed in the Lower House, it’s objective is to establish a national sports ethics body to ensure ethical practices in sports as well as strive towards elimination of doping practices, match fixing and fair play, fraud of age, gender and sexual harassment of women in Sports.
It is further stated in Bill that This comes as an aftermath of the recent corruption and match fixing charges that were thrown up in Indian Cricket and other sports by multiple players. For cases of fraud of age or gender, a jail time of 6 months as well as a fine of Rs 1 lac will be viable. Not just sports persons but coaches, members of sports federations who assist in such criminal activities would be punished with similar provisions.
Hence, the private member bill seeks to set up a ‘National Sports Ethics Commission’ consisting of judges as well as eminent sports personalities. The commission would conduct trials of such cases, frame rules and bye-laws of practices along with help of sports associations.