IHF accuses FIH of breach of own statute to recognise HI

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2011, 18:48 PM IST

Mumbai: The Indian Hockey Federation has
accused the International Hockey Federation that its rival
body Hockey India has been made a member of FIH through the
back door without issuing a show-cause notice to its
predecessor Indian Hockey Confederation.

In a letter to FIH president Leandro Negre as a rebuttal
to the world body`s missive of March 9, IHF secretary Ashok
Mathur has claimed that HI was given recognition by throwing
to the wind FIH`s own statutes, as per a copy of the letter
available with PTI.

The IHF letter of March 12 stated that contrary to what
has been depicted, "Hockey India did not come into existence
until May 2009" and HI "did not and/or could not have legally
provided an IOA (Indian Olympic Association) endorsement or
attestation in November 2008 (as required FIH statutes)" as HI
was not in existence three years ago.

IHF has demanded an explanation about "how the FIH came
to direct the IOA to establish Hockey India (as it appears it
was so directed by a letter from FIH to IOA dated 24th July

It wanted to know the basis and justification for FIH`s
letter to IOA in November, 2008 offering its support for IOA`s
establishment of Hockey India and for stating that
"simultaneously the IHC (Indian Hockey Confederation) will
cease to be a member of the FIH and FIH will formally
recognise Hockey India".

IHF claims that IHC, an integrated body of men`s and
women`s All-India hockey bodies which has now become IHF
again, was the original member of FIH which was never stripped
off its recognition but only substituted by HI.

IHF has demanded from the world hockey body documents to
support HI`s application to become a member of the FIH, copy
of HI`s "attestation, endorsement and confirmation by the IOA"
and copy of HI`s representation that it "has the exclusive
right to govern Hockey in its own country", as required by the
FIH`s statutes.

"Further, Article 6.7 of the FIH Statutes requires that,
before a Membership is transferred, the standing Member must
be notified in writing and given the opportunity to make an

"No notice was issued by FIH to IHC and its constituent
members before initiating the purported transfer of
Membership. It is, therefore, apparent that FIH acted in
breach of its statutes," the IHF has said in its letter to

"IHF exists for the benefit of the sport of hockey in
India. As we have explained, Hockey India does not satisfy the
requirements of the FIH Statutes whereas IHC did, and was
never de-recognised.

"IHF as the successor body to IHC, as the merged entity
of the IHF and IWHF, fully meets the requirements of FIH
membership and is recognised by the Government of India as the
sole NSF for hockey," the letter said.