New Delhi: Hockey India today said it has received a no-objection certificate from the Indian government to conduct its much-awaited elections on July 28 here.
The Sports Ministry had asked the national body to not go
ahead with the election in the wake of a Delhi High Court
ruling which reinstated the KPS Gill-led Indian Hockey
The IHF ruled the game in the country for nearly 15 years
before it was disbanded in 2008 after allegation of corruption
against secretary K Jyothikumaran.
"The government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs &
Sports has given its No Objection to the holding of the
Elections of Hockey India. The Elections will be held on 28th
July at New Delhi," a Hockey India statement said.
The Sports Ministry has already appointed S K Mendiratta
as the Election Observer while Retired High Court Judge R C
Chopra has been appointed as the Returning Officer.
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 is running without any
democratically-elected set-up and its functioning is embroiled
in utter confusion and controversy.
Hockey India had thrice postponed its elections in the
past which had even irked the FIH.