RE: Political influence on sports?
YES. All sports bodies have some or the other Politician as their Head.
Even the International sports body like ICC has Sharad Pawar as its President. Indian Olympic Association has Kalmadi at the helm of the affairs. Archery has Vijoy Kumar Malhotra as president and so on.
In my opinion Sports should be kept away from the Politicians.
Only the Sports Person should be made the Presidents or Office bearers of all Sports Associations.
Presence of Politicians induces Politics to Sports and also mass scale Corruption.