27 Mar, 2014
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The Sports Ministry of India finally accorded status of Indian hockey’s sole governing body to Hockey India (HI). In a letter dated 28 February 2014, the ministry has stated that “Hockey India is made responsible and accountable for the overall management, direction, control, regulation, promotion and development of hockey (men and women).” This decision was taken after going through all the documents submitted by both HI and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), which was suspended and de-recognised in 2008.
Controversy between HI and IHF
The government had sought evidence from both factions on June 16, 2011 to prove their compliance with requirements for recognition — a unified body for men and women, recognition from the international body (FIH), recognition from IOA, free and fair elections and acceptance of the government guidelines, along with an application form for recognition — and that only HI has fulfilled all conditions. The associations have been engaged in a legal battle since then. Interestingly, both HI and IHF have remained derecognised since August 2010 even though the ministry has continued footing their bills for training camps and international participation.
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