My tenure guideline approved by Parliament, High Court: Gill

Updated: May 18, 2010, 23:17 PM IST

Shilaroo: Sports Minister M S Gill
on Tuesday wondered why the IOA and sports bosses were objecting to
his tenure limiting guideline after it was approved by the
Parliament and directed implementation by Delhi High Court.

"There was nothing new in the guideline. It had already
been approved by the Parliament and Delhi High Court had
issued directions for its implementation," Gill told reporters
after inaugurating astroturf hockey field at high altitude
training centre of Sports Authority of India here.

"The Parliament and Indian Olympic association had
approved the changes but for unknown reasons, the directives
of the court were not implemented. The sports ministry had
recently filed an affidavit on the functioning of various
sports federation and if anybody had any objection he could go
to the court," he said.

Gill sounded confident that the golden days of Indian
hockey would return soon.

"Indian hockey had been at the top and its decline
started after 1976 Montreal Olympic Games when rules were
changed to play hockey on astroturf field which suited the
foreign players but not Indians," he said

"Our negligence at home was also partly responsible for
falling standards of the game," he observed.

"We have started making astroturf fields and training
players on these through regular coaching and results will be

He said preparations for the Commonwealth Games were
going on well.

"Most of the stadiums were ready and have been made
keeping in view international standard, technology and
architecture," he said.