PIL in SC to treat ‘Right to Sports’ as Fundamental Right

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Would sporting spirit help resolve various issues in society?

A Public Interest Litigation has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking its orders to Centre and states for making sports compulsory in educational curriculum from elementary to higher education. It also suggests that sports to be pronounced as part of Fundamental Rights, similar to Right to Education.

 

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Accepting the PIL, the Supreme Court bench has issued notice to the Centre, University Grants Commission (UGC), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) asking for their opinion on the inclusion of right to sports in the fundamental rights. This would mean that the responsibility will shift to the government to set up sports infrastructure at all levels of education.

Kanishka Pandey, a law student, has filed this petition in the Supreme Court of India, requesting them to intervene and direct the Centre to encourage the spirit of sports in all educational institutes. The importance of introduction of sports in a student’s life would promote patience, friendship, comity and remove several problems that are currently existing in society.

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Further, the petition claims that unless positive approach is taken for cheering sports activities and education in the schools, it would be highly difficult for our country to be placed amongst the top medal winners. It has become the need of the hour to provide sufficient world-class sports education and training to the children right from the primary classes up to higher education to prepare them for facing challenges in life. The petitioner also states that all school boards should consist of one national level sports player as a committee member and biographies of eminent players should be made a part of the syllabus has contented it.

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A bench of Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice L. Nageswara Rao sought a response within four weeks on the Public Interest Litigation filed by a law student.

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