Sport clubs affiliation to the national federations and legal rights of athletes - A case study
Meenu, Luxmi Sharma
It is a common feeling of general public that the sport is a world of fair play and that it is the best environment in which their children could be involved. The sport is related with fairness and loyalty and while there is no doubt that many athletes and administrators still promote them, the fact is that “the world of sport is neither better nor worse than the rest of the world" (Carrard, 1991). However, National Sporting Bodies exist in order to support participants and encourage the practice of sports but it can turn out to be the most frustrating and castrating environment in which the hopes of young athletes can be banished. This case study presents the situation faced by a group of young gymnasts from a particular country in 1996, which happened to be at the time members of the Champion National Junior Team. Due to problems related with club affiliation to the National Gymnastics Federation, many children were left without participation during that year in competitions, and this particular group followed legal proceedings in order to fight for their rights to participate. Unfortunately for themselves and sport, they were not successful.