A plea: Don’t deprive us of Hockey

I was hopeful when Joint Executive Board (JEB) of HI and IHF was announced. And I wished that mechanism will work which will be helpful in the uplifting of Indian Hockey and Hockey in general through WSH and other tournaments being hosted in India in next four years. Though I was little apprehensive about HI and IHF, whether they will keep their words and leave aside their egos. But, after the statement of FIH (appended below in the article) regarding the governance of Hockey in India and Indian Olympic Association(IOA)’s objection (read here) on JEB, it seems that the decision taken by MYAS (GoI), HI and IHF is not good enough. Until, IHF and HI move forward from current deal signed by them and amend it in such a way that it follows the Olympic Charter and fulfill the criteria of FIH, and the option is the full merger of HI and IHF. I hope they (HI-IHF) understand the need of hour, will do needful as soon as possible. And if you (HI-IHF) do not understand the need of hour, listen to the fans, don’t deprive us of Hockey because of you and your big egos, we want to see the international matches/tournaments in India/on television, we want to cheer for team India in Champions Trophy and Olympic Qualifiers, we want to cheer our teams (whether Bangalore or Delhi or Manipur doesn’t matter) in WSH. So when we will see a governing body for Hockey in India which acceptable to all, not in terms of egos but in terms criteria and most importantly works for Hockey not for FIH or IOA.

Practice Match Team India 2011

Practice Match at National Camp of Team India at MEG Bangalore, we want to cheer for them in MDC National Stadium

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