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Posted at: May 17, 2018, 1:22 AM; last updated: May 17, 2018, 1:22 AM (IST)

Unrecognised bodies holding sports activities in schools

Over 30 associations charging hefty fee from students

Tribune News Service

Jammu, May 16

With no serious initiatives being taken by the government to tighten the noose around unrecognised sports associations, the educational institutes are now becoming their new target as these sports bodies are holding competitions and providing certificates to students which hold no relevance.

Pertinently, more than 50 sports associations are affiliated with the J&K State Sports Council which are receiving grants from the autonomous sports body to conduct competitions at the district and state levels.

Sources said apart from these, there were more than 30 associations which are yet to get affiliation from the Sports Council to become eligible for receiving grants to hold competitions.

They said of these 30 non-affiliated associations, a majority of them were in the martial arts category which were conducting belt grading tests at private educational institutes by charging exorbitant fees from students.

“It is imperative that the Sports Council either does it on its own or seeks support of the office of Director, School Education and Chief Education Officer to issue a list of recognised and unrecognised sports associations. The list should be forwarded to all schools, colleges and universities in order to keep a check on their activities,” Kamlesh Kumar, a parent, said.

Meanwhile, Secretary, J&K State Sports Council, Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra told The Tribune, “We will appreciate if parents go through our website and check what are the registered organisations approved by the Government of India. We have already uploaded all the information.”

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