New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) and Indian
Hockey Federation (IHF) officials met sports minister Ajay
Maken here today to resolve their long-standing dispute over
recognition and power-sharing.
Thanks to the meeting, they made considerable progress
towards having one unified body in the country.
The two warring factions met in the morning and had a
second round of talks in the evening during which it was
decided to have a new name of the merged body.
Names such as Bharat Hockey, Indian Hockey and Indian
Hockey Confederation cropped up during the meeting, attended
by secretaries of both the HI and IHF.
From Hockey India, apart from Batra, Rajeev Mehta, Pratap
Satpathy and Anandeshwar Pandey were present at the meeting.
IHF was represented by secretary Ashok Mathur.
"We had a positive meeting. Our stand is clear, we have
agreed in principle to all the recommendations by the sports
ministry. Tomorrow, there is another round of meeting and we
are looking forward to have an amicable solution to the
issue," HI secretary-general Narinder Batra said.
IHF secretary Ashok Mathur said he was satisfied with the
outcome of the meeting.
"We had a joint meeting with Hockey India and Sports
Ministry officials today. The ministry has given us a
blueprint of the merger. They have suggested an expanded
executive board of the proposed body. They have also asked us
to look for an alternative name of the merged body which
should be neither HI or IHF," said Mathur.
"Tomorrow we will be discussing the procedure of merger
in details. Today`s meeting was a positive one and we are
looking forward to an amicable solution to the issue."
Hockey has been mired in controversies over the past few
years, as there has been a bitter war going on between HI and
the de-recognised IHF over the management of sportspersons.