Mumbai Hockey Assn welcomes return of IHF

Mumbai: Mumbai Hockey Association, which got
the rough end of the stick from Hockey India when it sought
affiliation from the new body, expressed glee at the Delhi
High Court verdict that quashed the Centre`s 2008 order to
de-recognise the Indian Hockey Federation.

"We are very happy that IHF is back. Hockey India not
only refused to recognise us but also did not accept proof of
our existence since 1934," MHA secretary and Olympian Gurbux
Singh Grewal told reporters from Chandigarh.

Grewal, a member of the 1968 bronze medal winning Indian
squad, hoped now better sense would prevail and the two Gills,
Union Sports Minister M S Gill and IHF president K P S Gill,
would sit together with the Indian Olympic Association top
brass and sort out all problems.

"I`m sure it`s just a question of a few minutes once
these gentlemen sit together to sort out the problem," he

Another MHA official said that not only will the court
verdict come as a boon to Mumbai but also to other
associations like Maharashtra, Vidarbha, Hyderabad, Bhopal,
Madhya Bharat and Andhra which were not getting recognition
from Hockey India.

"Bhopal is in existence since 1932, we are there from
1934 while Maharashtra and Vidarbha are there from 1953 and
1958 respectively," he pointed out.

The official also hoped that the long-awaited senior
nationals for the Rangaswamy Cup and Federation Cup would be
held soon by IHF.


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