Current Affairs 29 March 2019 Digest 2: BCCI's Ombudsman to double up as Ethics Officer, Breakdancing recommended for 2024 Olympics

Story 1- Retired Justice DK Jain to serve as BCCI’s ad-hoc Ethics Officer

BCCI’s newly appointed Ombudsman, Retired Justice D K Jain will now also serve as the cricketing body’s ethics officer till such a time that someone permanent is appointed to the post. The information was shared by the Committee of Administrators (COA) on March 28, 2019.

In its 10th status report filed on October 28, 2018, the COA had requested the Supreme Court to appoint an ethics officer in addition to an ombudsman for looking into the matters of conflict of interest.

Key Highlights

The COA claimed in its latest status report that since transparency and measures to avoid conflict of interest are important aspects of the reforms process, there is a need for an Ethics Officer to be appointed at the earliest.

The three-member panel had requested the retired Justice on March 12 to take over as the ethics officer on an ad-hoc basis, in addition to his role as the BCCI Ombudsman, till a permanent appointment takes place.

The request was accepted by Jain, who agreed to double up as temporary ethics officer and look into all the conflict of interest cases.

He is, in fact, already looking into Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul chat show controversy due to which the duo served a provisional suspension, which was eventually lifted.

Background

According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), provisions in its constitution require an ethics officer to be appointed to determine and decide issues related to conflict of interest.

The CoA had earlier stated that the ethics manager shall be a retired Judge of the High Court so appointed by the BCCI after obtaining his/her consent and on terms as determined by the BCCI in keeping with the dignity and stature of the office.

BCCI Ombudsman

The BCCI appointed it’s first-ever ombudsman, Justice Ajit Prakash Shah, in November 2015 during its annual general meeting in Mumbai.

The main role of the ombudsman is to look into matters relating to conflict of interest in the board.

Only a retired judge of the Supreme Court or a retired Chief Justice of a High Court can be appointed to the key post after obtaining his/ her consent and on terms as determined by the BCCI in keeping with the dignity and stature of the office.

The term of the Ombudsman is one year, subject to a maximum of 3 terms in office.

Justice D K Jain was appointed by the Supreme Court as the Ombudsman of the cricket board on February 21, 2019.

Story 2- IOC recommends making breakdancing a medal event at 2024 Paris Olympics

The International Olympic Committee's executive board on March 27, 2019 recommended adding breakdancing, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games when the full membership meets in June.

This increases the chances of the four sporting categories in becoming medal events at the Olympic event.

Objective

The addition of these four sports to the Paris Olympic Games is expected to offer the opportunity to connect with the younger generation.

Key Highlights

All four sports will be assessed in terms of how they are managed, the integrity of competitions and judging, before being finalised for the Paris Olympics.

A final decision will be made by the board in December 2020 after further monitoring of the four sporting categories.

Though breakdancing would be new in the Summer Games, the other three are already confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics lineup.

Other Details

The IOC board has also agreed to continue helping North and South Korean athletes and officials work together despite diplomatic setbacks between the neighboring governments in recent days.

The joint Korean teams are being prepared in four sports- women's field hockey, mixed team judo, and men's and women's rowing- to try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and to possibly place a co-hosting bid for the 2032 Summer Games.

If the two Koreas agree to jointly place a hosting bid for the 2032 Olympics, it could compete with candidates from Australia, India, Indonesia and Russia that have expressed early interest.

Further, with the 2032 Olympics and the 2030 Winter Games in mind, a new panel comprising five IOC members chaired by John Coates of Australia has been formed to suggest ideas for the candidate process by the June 24-26 meeting of the full membership in Lausanne.

The Olympic Committee’s main aim is to make the Olympic Games more affordable and responsive.

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