Indian Hockey Federation vs Hockey India : Last few hours
In next 24 hours, a decision will be taken about which of the two (Indian Hockey Federation and Hockey India) will head hockey in India. Government had asked for a week from the Supreme Court during which it will resolve the ongoing battle between IHF and HI. And due to this battle, the players are suffering, again.
Hockey preparatory camp which was supposed to start from 10th March has been postponed indefinitely as both the Indian team (men and women) do not have a coach. Meanwhile both IHF and HI are fighting over everything, starting from who will be the sole head of Indian Hockey to the selection of coaches and the players for the camp. Indian Hockey Federation wants V Bhaskaran (for the 5th time) or Jude Felix (I agree with this) for men’s team and GS Bhanu for women’s team.While Hockey India wants to have Harendra Singh (he has done nothing for hockey in my view) and C.R Kumar for women’s team. (Source: K Arumugam, stick2hockey)
But this final battle is set to won by Hockey India as they are the recognized body by the FIH (Federation of International hockey). They have also removed President Vidya Stokes and thereby adhering to the rules set by MoS (Ministry of State). It seems quite impossible that IHF will be able to do anything against it. But till the time IHF is headed by KPS Gill, anything is possible. The only advantage that IHF has that it has court’s decision in its favor which says it was wrong to dissolve IHF due to teams bad performance.
So, its just matter of few hours when we will know who will reign as the supreme king of Indian Hockey.
In other hockey news FIH has again told IHF to stop saying that it is recognized body of the IHF. FIH says that it had de-recognized IHF in the early 2000s as India did not have a single body for men and women team (IHF for men and IWHF for women). The only body that is recognized by FIH that time was IHC (Indian Hockey Confederation).