IOA steps up efforts to end governance crisis in Indian gymnastics

first_imgNew Delhi, July 18 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has intensified its efforts to end the governance crisis in gymnastics, a growing sport that doesn’t have a government-recognised federation since 2012. IOA president Narinder Batra has written to the president and secretary of the de-recognised Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI), Sudhakar Shetty and Shantikumar Singh respectively, in a fresh attempt to break the deadlock. The copy of the letter has also been marked to other important stakeholders including Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar and and Morinari Watanabe, president of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). The IOA has also referred the matter to its dispute commission, which is headed by Rakesh Sharma. “The Sports Ministry de-recognised GFI in 2012 stating internal disputes. Owing to non-resolution of governance issues, GFI continues to be de-recognised by the government. It severely impacts the representation of athletes in international competitions,” wrote Batra. “The legal committee and core committee of the IOA in its meeting on July 17, 2018 had reviewed the twenty representations received regarding this subject. Among the 16 state units that were in the electoral college of the last GFI elections, 12 unit have submitted representation. “Assuming even if there are 28 state units in India and 20 of them have raised governance issues, it is a considerable objection that cannot be ignored,” Batra added. Despite the administrative crisis, the sport has seen some outstanding performances including Dipa Karmakar’s historic fourth place in the 2016 Rio Olympics. PTI BS BS ATATlast_img read more

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Parents Urged to be Main Influencers in Children’s Lives

first_img The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is imploring parents to become the primary influencers in the lives of their children, in order to create more positive outcomes for their future.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NPSC, Kaysia Kerr, said that the responsibility of the parent is a major one, which cannot be taken lightly.She said that there has been a gradual shift in responsibility, which has contributed to a decline in values, accountability and integrity in the society.“We encourage parents not to give up the reins of leadership to external individuals or entities. We must recognise that we are the first role models for our children and they depend on us for guidance,” said Ms. Kerr.She argued that the danger of reneging on one’s role and responsibility as a parent is that an avenue opens up for negative forces to become the role models for children.“We have seen where young people are increasingly idolising and emulating a number of players in both local and international popular culture, some of whose values may be questionable, and the effects are being felt in the display of deviant behaviour within our society,” she pointed out.Ms. Kerr said the NPSC is committed to empowering parents with the necessary information and guidance to ensure that they are fully equipped to lay the proper foundation for the development of their children.“We want to remind parents that the concept of leading by example is not just a cliché. If we are going to make any inroads into addressing some of the existing social ills, we must begin at home by modelling ideal behaviour patterns for our children,” she pointed out.The NPSC is making preparations for Parent Month in November, during which a number of activities will be held under the theme ‘Be the Influence’.Among them are parent villages in Kingston and Montego Bay, a national church service as well as sensitisation sessions in several communities across the island. The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is imploring parents to become the primary influencers in the lives of their children, in order to create more positive outcomes for their future. The NPSC is making preparations for Parent Month in November, during which a number of activities will be held under the theme ‘Be the Influence’. Ms. Kerr said the NPSC is committed to empowering parents with the necessary information and guidance to ensure that they are fully equipped to lay the proper foundation for the development of their children. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Bahamas National Trust conduct Workshop for Defence Force Marines

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, Bahamas, November 16, 2016 –  Some 15 members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are now better positioned to understand our small country’s natural resources after recently participating in a workshop that was conducted by members of the Bahamas National Trust this week.The workshop, which took place at the Coral Harbour Base, highlighted indigenous plant and wildlife that are prevalent in the country.  Much attention was paid to endangered species such as the Iguana and Boa Constrictors.  Additionally, the domino effect that results from depletion of fishery resources were also highlighted.As a result of the workshop, the Defence Force Marines are more knowledgeable about the endemic wildlife and their roles as individuals as well as within our organization in terms of preserving and conserving our natural resources in a sustainable manner.Feature Photo shows: Members of the Bahamas National Trust showing Defence Force Marines endangered species which exist.  From left: BNT Science Officers Agnessa Lundy and Scott Johnson, along with Defence Force Marine participants. Photo two shows: Captain Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force (Acting) presenting a token of appreciation to BNT Officer Scott Johnson following a workshop at the Coral Harbour Base.(RBDF photos by Marine Seaman Michael Turner) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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