New Delhi: After missing the deadline
several times in the past, Hockey India on Tuesday set July 29 as
the new date for the much-awaited elections of the national
body to be held here.
Apart from announcing the fresh date, Hockey India also
named retired Justice R C Chopra as the returning officer for
the elections and said the polls will be held as per the
Sports Ministry guidelines.
"Mr S K Mendiratta will be the Election Observer on
behalf of the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs
and Sports and Mr Antonio von Ondarza, FIH Vice President will
be the Observer for the International Hockey Federation,"
Hockey India president Vidya Stokes said in a statement.
"The elections shall be conducted as per the guidelines
framed by the Election Observer, Government of India, Ministry
of Youth Affairs and Sports.”
"The elections will be held from amongst the 30 permanent
affiliated units, comprising of 26 states/union territories
and four institutional board members," the statement added.
Earlier this month, Hockey India had ratified the
affiliations of 33 units, including four institutional boards,
during its Special General Meeting and said that it would
conduct its elections in July.
Since 2008, hockey`s national body has been running
without any democratically-elected set-up and its functioning
has been embroiled in utter confusion and controversy.
Hockey India had thrice postponed its elections in the
past which had even irked the FIH.
To make matters worse for Hockey India, the Delhi High
Court had last month reinstated the KPS Gill-led Indian Hockey
Federation, which ruled the game in the country for nearly 15
years before it was disbanded in 2008.