Personal ambitions led to IHF disbandment: KPS Gill

President of the Indian Hockey Federation KPS Gill hailed Delhi High Court`s verdict to set aside government and IOA orders derecognising the sports body in 2008.

Updated: May 21, 2010, 18:14 PM IST

New Delhi: President of the Indian Hockey
Federation KPS Gill on Friday hailed Delhi High Court`s verdict to
set aside government and IOA orders derecognising the sports
body in 2008 and alleged that "personal ambitions" of a few
individuals led to IHF`s disbandment.

Justice S Murlidhar today set aside the Centre`s decision
to derecognise IHF and the Indian Olympic Association`s order
to disaffiliate the federation after its secretary K
Jothikumaran was caught on camera in a sting operation
accepting bribe to select a player.

Talking to reporters, Gill, who had nearly 15 years at the helm
of IHF before IOA disbanded the federation and replaced it
with Hockey India, said finally justice had been delivered.

"I am very happy. Justice has been finally done to us.
The order speaks for itself. Now we have to follow it up and
ensure that hockey is revived," Gill said.

"We have to start climbing the ladder once again because
the last two years have been disastrous," he said.

After Jothikumaran was caught on camera taking bribes,
IOA first replaced IHF with a five-member ad hoc committee
before setting up Hockey India.

Hockey India also had a bumpy ride since then, failing to
hold its first election because of legal hurdles and
infighting and it has now been set a May 31 deadline by the
International Hockey Federation (FIH).
Gill claimed IHF had FIH`s support and it was only
because of some individuals` petty interest that led to the
federation`s disbandment.

"The International Hockey Federation (FIH) was never
against us. Personal ambition of one or two people created the
situation," Gill said.

Asked about IHF`s future course of action, the former
top cop said, "We will have a meeting of IHF and then decide
the future our future plans. I have not yet read the order."

Gill once again came hard on Hockey India, which has been
struggling to hold its general election because of legal
hurdles, and questioned its authenticity.

"Hockey India is a shadow body. It has never been in
existence," Gill said.

Even after IHF was banned, Gill kept meeting the
officials and only last month he conducted its Annual General
Meeting.

PTI

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