Sports ministry revises rules for appointment of government observers

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New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) With the objective of promoting sports in the country, the sports ministry on Tuesday revised the guidelines for appointment of government observers for various sports disciplines.

The observers will keep the government informed about fair play in the selection and performance of teams at international level, training of sub-junior and junior level athletes and performance of Indian and foreign coaches.

“They will also study the infrastructural gaps at national coaching camps and play an important role in preparation of Annual Calendar of Training and Competitions (ACTC). In addition, they will provide technical advice to Sports Authority of India (SAI) and will maintain data on individual athletes and coaches,” said a ministry release.

Initially, the observers will be appointed for high priority/priority sports disciplines. Each discipline will be provided one male and one female observers. Foreigners may also be considered for such appointment.

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The observers will be appointed through open advertisements. They will not be paid regular salary but honorarium for their work which will be dependent on number of their visits to national coaching camps etc., thus establishing a direct relationship between their work and payment.

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