New Delhi: Former Olympians have been included by the sports ministry in a 13-member expert committee to review the Draft National Sports Code 2017, Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju has announced.

Olympic bronze-medallist shooter Gagan Narang, former football captain Bhaichung Bhutia, national badminton coach Pulella Gopichand, former long jumper Anju Bobby George are in the panel.

“To bring good governance, transparency and accountability in sports and to promote sports, an expert committee is constituted to review draft NSC. The committee is headed by a former Supreme Court Judge with former Olympians and representatives of Sports Federations as members,” tweeted Rijiju on Thursday (November 28) with the copy of the letter.

The expert committee will be headed by Supreme Court judge Justice (Retd) Mukundakam Sharma as its chairman.

The panel will also feature a representative from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which has rejected the document in current form as it seeks to put an age and tenure cap on sports administrators.

The National Sports Federations (NSFs) will be represented by Boxing Federation of India president Ajay Singh, Sudhanshu Mittal (Kho Kho Federation of India), Adille Sumariwala (Athletics Federation of India) and BP Baishya (Weightlifting Federation of India).

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) or a representative, Joint Secretary (Sports) and Dr A Jayathilak (Principal Secretary, Sports, Government of Kerala) will be the other members of the panel.

The committee has been formed to suggest measures to make the Sports Code acceptable to all the stakeholders.

The IOA maintains that the code will put India at risk for a suspension from the International Olympic Committee.

The draft proposes drastic changes in the 2011 Code, including barring of ministers, members of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies and government servants from holding office in the IOA and NSFs, tenure restrictions and age cap of 70 years.

The draft also widens its scope to all office-bearers and board members of the IOA and NSFs.

It also calls on the NSFs to appoint CEOs, Nominee Directors and an Ombudsman.

Besides, an eminent athlete is also required to be a part of the NSFs. All NSFs will also have to constitute an athletes commission.

If implemented, the IOA and the NSFs will have six months to amend their constitutions as prescribed by the draft.

(With inputs from PTI)