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The Problem of Age Fraud in Indian Sports

By Rishika Mendiratta (Founding and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

The age-old saying, “Once the game is over, the king and the pawn game go back in the same box”, highlights the importance of the ephemeral life of any sport and the players who are a part of it. Unfortunately, this ideal of Fair Play has been tarnished in the Indian sports because of the prevalent age fraud controversies.

Uptil now, the legislative steps taken by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs (MYAS), such as the enactment of The National Code Against Age Fraud in Sports, is a mere paper tiger because of poor implementation measures by the respective sports bodies. In this article Rishika analyses the importance of better framework to prevent age fraud in India.

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PPP IN SPORTS

By Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

The diversification in the manner and ways of playing sports along with changes in technology have resulted in greater sophistication in the requirement of the sporting infrastructure. The Commonwealth Games, 2010 (CWG, 2010) and Formula One were the two mega-sporting events which India had organised recently aside from cricketing tournaments. In the recent future it will be organizing the Under- 17 FIFA World Cup and is looking for the prospects to successfully bid for hosting Under- 22 FIFA World Cup. The creation of sports infrastructure will also have various complementary benefits for the country such as the development of urban infrastructure along with booming prospects of sports tourism. In this article Rishika analyses the intersection between PPP and sports in India.

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CHALLENGES OF ENFORCING CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports) AWARDS: The Pechstein Case

By Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

This article focuses on the case of a German Cyclist, Claudia Pechstein. The case received a lot of attention at the global level because of the media coverage on her seven-year-long battle against a two-year suspension imposed on her for a disputed doping rules violation has brought her into the limelight even more than her sporting laurels and achievements.

Rishika analyses why the CAS judgement is questionable in the case of Claudia Pechstein and suggests reforms to prevent the same.

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Doping-A menace

By Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

That brazenness… I just did not have the switch to turn that off. It helped me on the bike but it also got me where I am today. –Lance Armstrong

This quote of Lance Armstrong is a symbolism of the apathy of all the sportspersons who have indulged in doping with an aim to win the game just to lose the spirit of sportsmanship. ‘Doping’ is the deliberate or the inadvertent use of a substance or a method by sportspersons banned by the Medical Commission Of International Olympic Committee/World Anti-Doping Agency. The issue is very important because doping defeats the very purpose of sports that is to offer a level playing field to all the competitors. In this article Rishika analyses the need for greater administration and resources required by NADA to be able to appropriately segregate the athletes who indulge in doping from those who medicate for legitimate reasons.

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The influx of legal jargons for the removal of panjandrums

By-Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

Reagan once said, “Status quo is the mess we are in.”

Sports administration is the backbone for the growth and development of the athletes, sports organizations, professional and semi- professional leagues. It provides the necessary impetus for changing the sporting performance of any nation. The love-hate relationship between sports and politics has been a media hot-potato since forever. Due to excessive politicization of sports there has been a detrimental effect to the overall progress of sports in our country. Consequently there is a retrenched resentment in the every Indian sports fan. This article elaborates upon the present system of governance and prospective policy and legislative changes that can be a harbinger of good times for Indian sports.

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THE DUBIOUS VERACITY OF SHARAPOVA’S CLAIMS (Analysing the International Tennis Federation v. Maria Sharapova decision)

By Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

“Sports does not build character, it reveals it.”- Heywood Broun

The fight against doping is not about good over evil, right versus wrong, the conflict between morality and sinfulness. Rather it is about equality of opportunity, preserving the spirit of sports, and the purity of emotion and human effort associated with every sporting endeavor. Therefore when elite athletes are associated with doping, it shatters the foundational framework of a fan and fellow athletes alike. This article does not delve upon the outcome of the controversial doping scandal over Maria Sharapova but rather the vacillating nature of her claims that makes us question, “Can the athletes always pass the burden to systemic fallacies?”

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