Ministry asks IHF to postpone Oct 3 polls

New Delhi: With the Indian Hockey Federation
failing to clarify its stand on its merger with IWHF, the
Sports Ministry on Thursday advised the sport body to postpone its
polls, scheduled for October 3.

The Sports Ministry had sent two letters to IHF, seeking
clarification on their merger with IWHF and had also sought
details of the election process.

Deepika Kachhal, a Director in Ministry, wrote to IHF
president KPS Gill and said that since their response is
awaited they should not go ahead with polls.

"Now, with only one working day left before the proposed
date of elections, there is not enough time available to
examine the issues in detail. You are, therefore, advised to
postpone the elections as of now and satisfy the Government on
various issues related to the merger of IHF and IWHF and the
election process," the letter said.

The Ministry had also reminded IHF that they will have to
adhere to the government guidelines, if they are to be
recognised as a National Sports Federation (NSF).