A Case for Enacting Adequate Sports Legislation Through an Analysis of the Legal Debacle of the 2010 Common Wealth Games

A Case for Enacting Adequate Sports Legislation Through an Analysis of the Legal Debacle of the 2010 Common Wealth Games

Volume 4 Issue 1 ()

In this paper I argue that the lack the sports legislation in the country was one of the reasons behind the Commonwealth Games organi­zational fiasco. Drawing from the legislations adopted by Melbourne (host of the previous 2006 games) and Glasgow (hosts of the forthcom­ing games in 2014) I have laid out the important features that a sports legislation in India should have if India ever hopes to host a world scale sporting event successfully. These features include formation of the or­ganising committee, land acquisition, intellectual property rights, ticket touting, transport and ambush marketing. I have pointed out specific ar­eas where India failed in this regard during the Commonwealth Games, in light of India’s bid document and the events that unfolded in the run up to the Games.

Cite as: Shan Kohli, A Case for Enacting Adequate Sports Legislation Through an Analysis of the Legal Debacle of the 2010 Common Wealth Games, 4 NUJS L. Rev. 151 (2011)