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Why India's sports federations are now required to register as NGOs

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 By Anurag Tandon , Aahna Mehrotra

On 24 October 2016, the Indian Government informed all Indian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)[1] that to continue to receive grants from the Government Ministries they must register as a NGO with the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog.

This article examines the rationale and requirements behind the new initiative, before outlining the immediate effects and concerns it presents for India’s National Sport Federations (NSFs) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).[2]

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Aahna Mehrotra

Aahna Mehrotra

Founder, AM Sports Law & Management Co

Ms. Aahna Mehrotra is the principal lawyer at AM Sports Law and Management Co. She was called to the Bar in May 2011 and has gained considerable exposure through her experiences at different institutions worldwide.

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Anurag Tandon

Anurag Tandon

Anurag is an Associate in the Sports Law department at DPSA-TMT. DPSA-TMT is a merged entity of DPSA Legal and TMT Law Practice, founded in October, 2016. 

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