The Union Government on 24 July 2015 constituted All India Council of Sports as an advisory body for the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The advice rendered by the council will be duly considered by the government, but it will not be binding and obligatory on the government.
The Council will be headed by a President in the rank of Minister of State and will include four Members of Parliament, Sports personalities, coaches, sports experts, sports administrators, D-G of Sports Authority of India, D-G of National Anti Doping Agency, Vice Chancellor of LNIPE, officials from Sports Ministry, representatives from National Sports Federations, Indian Olympic Association and NGOs.
The appointments of the President and members of the Council other than ex-officio members shall be made by the Union Government. The council may organize national, international conferences, seminars, symposia etc, for promotion of sports and games in the country.
The Council will meet from time to time, at least once in a quarter and will deliberate on matters relating to the promotion and development of sports and games in the country.
Objectives of the All India Council of Sports
- Popularizing sports amongst the youth as a way of life
- Increasing outreach of sports to rural and tribal areas, areas affected by left wing extremism, north east and Jammu & Kashmir
- Implementation of policies for promotion of sports and games in the country
- Matters relating to promotion of inclusiveness in sports with special focus on women, differently-abled, tribals etc
- Preventing drug abuse in sports, fraud of age and sexual harassment of women in sports
- Bringing professionalism, transparency and good governance in functioning of national sports federations
- Ways and means to raise resources for the promotion of sports and games in the country
- Promotion of sports sciences and sports medicine
- Augmenting sports infrastructure and ensuring its proper utilization
- Matters relating to participation and performance of sportspersons and teams in international sporting events
- Issues arising out of match fixing and other malpractices in competitive sports
- Ways and means to promote indigenous games in the country
- Early identification of sports talent and nurturing of the identified talent
- Integration of sports in educational curriculum in schools, colleges and universities
- Welfare measures for sportspersons
- Issues and matters specifically referred to the council by the ministry of youth affairs & sports.