God bless sports ministry
Indian Sports ministry works in a different manner from others. Or else how can you explain their actions. For example Sports Ministry has set a retirement age for the office bearers to 70 years, but still Vidya Stokes was allowed to compete at the age of 83. Well that’s a different story.
The point now is, Minister of State (MoS) has sent a notice to both HI and IHF on different issues. Both the parties were asked to clarify how they were going to meet the guidelines of the FIH. In a surprise turn of events, MoS has asked HI, why it should not revoke to the membership of HI as it is a private body (MS Gill are you serious), while IHF has been sent a notice which questions, “Is IHF ready to accept the guidelines of MoS?”.
Since the rule of Delhi High Court, this is the first time, Sports Ministry has acted on the ruling. But this news has come as a shocker to Hockey India and hockey fans. Suddenly, Hockey India finds itself in corner, and IHF is back in the main frame. IHF has answered to the notice and said that it is ready to follow the guidelines, set up by the ministry. IHF is also ready to merge with IWHF(Indian Women Hockey Federation) for this purpose.
With the sudden change in fortunes, it can be said, inspite of conducting elections, HI may cease to exist. Any one can be placed in the hot seat, just because he is doing work to promote Indian Hockey.