Boxing: Sport's Manifesto - Devolution Now
Hubbard, Alan, The Independent (London, England)
PRE-ELECTION tension may not be much in evidence yet, although manifestos are already flying around like lawsuits in heavyweight boxing. But despite all the parliamentary lip-service they have been paying to the subject, none of the parties seem unduly bothered about giving sport an airing on their political platforms. Which is why another manifesto to be unveiled tomorrow is of great significance. Sport's governing bodies, under the umbrella of the Central Council of Physical Recreation, are calling for whoever forms the next government to start taking sport more seriously. As a priority, they say, the position of sports minister should be immediately upgraded to cabinet status. It is a firm indication that those who run British sport are determined to flex their muscles in their dealings with the next government. I understand the CCPR manifesto, which has the support of many leading sports personalities, including the Olympic modern pentathlon champion, Dr Stephanie Cook, who will attend the London launch, will also call for a number of other measures designed to reflect sport's growing influence. Among these are a halt to the sale of sports pitches, greater priority for youth and schools sport, tax incentives to stage international sports events in Britain and parity with charities for tax breaks on voluntary sports clubs. Sport's bosses also want more control over the Lottery …
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