HI-IHF agreement under consideration: Maken

New Delhi: Sports Minister Ajay Maken said that the government is looking into the objections raised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on the temporary power-sharing formula between Hockey India and the Indian Hockey Federation to run the game in the country.

Maken told the Rajya Sabha that the government has taken note of FIH`s concern over the temporary arrangement reached between the two warring bodies over running hockey affairs in the country.

"FIH has expressed concern over the proposed settlement stating that it would go against their statute, which provides for a sole national governing body in each member country. The entire matter is under consideration," said Maken.

Stating that the agreement between HI and IHF was not in compliance with the Olympic Charter and the FIH Statutes, the world body had threatened to withdraw all international tournaments, including the Champions Trophy in December and Olympic qualifiers for men and women in February next year, until the matter is resolved.

FIH president Leandro Negre had written to the sports minister, calling for an urgent meeting, involving the presidents of HI and the Indian Olympic Association to discuss the FIH`s concerns.


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