Olympians question motive of FIH, write letter to Govt

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 15:06 PM IST

Mumbai: Six Olympians have accused the
International Hockey Federation of taking away all the profits
generated at the World Cup in Delhi and written a letter to
the government to stop the world body from repeating the act
during the Champions Trophy allotted to India this year.

In a letter to Sindhusree Khullar, Secretary in the
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the former players have
charged that by continuing to support Hockey India and
controlling the affiliation, FIH has shown disrespect to the
Indian Government which has recognised only the age-old Indian
Hockey Federation (IHF).

V Bhaskaran, V J Philips, Gurbax Singh Grewal, Balbir
Singh Grewal, Surinder Singh Sodhi and Aloysius Edwards have
also accused Hockey India, which they said was a creation of
the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as an ad-hoc body, of
preventing units affiliated to the IHF from fielding teams in
the National Games in Jharkhand that began yesterday.

"The Sports Ministry (MYAS) has, in its correspondence
with the FIH in August 2010, had clearly intimated/informed
that IHF was the sole body recognised by the Government as the
national sports federation," the Olympians wrote.

"The Government has also informed the FIH that Hockey
India, a private body as stated by themselves in court and
publicly and which was sponsored/supported and recognised by
the IOA, was de-recognised following its non-compliance and
inability to fulfil the norms set by the Government to be
able to qualify as a national sports federation."

PTI