Govt resolving IHF-HI dispute: Maken

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 20, 2012 13:52 hrs

New Delhi, Mar 20 (IBNS) Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday said the government is working with Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and Hockey India (HI) to facilitate a settlement that is acceptable to both Indian Hockey Federation and Hockey India.

"The controversy/infighting in hockey, inter-alia, relates to recognition from the concerned International Federation and the Indian Olympic Association; merger of the two bodies; holding of fair proper elections; and holding of regular National Championships," said Maken in the Lok Sabha.

The Minister further stated that in view of the interim orders of the Supreme Court of India and after a series of meetings, Indian Hockey Federation and Hockey India came to a settlement on July 25, 2011.

"However, due to opposition from the Indian Olympic Association and the International Hockey Federation, the said settlement could not be implemented. Besides, both Indian Hockey Federation and Hockey India have sought grant of recognition.

"Further, in order to resolve the matter, meetings were again held in September 2011 and October 2011 with Indian Olympic Association, Indian Hockey Federation and Hockey India wherein Indian Hockey Federation indicated that they would submit a fresh proposal for settlement," said Maken.

The Minister further stated that the Indian Hockey Federation submitted a proposal dated 7.11.2011 suggesting accommodating 20% of the members of Executive Committee of Hockey India in the Executive Committee of the Indian Hockey Federation and holding of fresh elections of Indian Hockey Federation.

"The suggestions of Indian Hockey Federation have been sent to Indian Olympic Association and they have been requested to call a meeting with Indian Hockey Federation and Hockey India and discuss the matter and indicate outcome thereof to the Government for further necessary action and apprising the Hon'ble Supreme Court," said Maken.

He said the government has spent Rs.16.36 crores on the promotion of sport of Hockey during the current financial year (upto November 2011) for the various aspects of the game including foreign exposure, foreign coaches, boarding and lodging including preparation of the national team for Olympics, 2012.

The Department does not provide funds to the states, the Minister added.

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