Will study HC order on IHF and decide action: MS Gill

New Delhi: Sports Minister MS Gill on Saturday
said his ministry would study the Delhi High Court verdict
reviving the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) before deciding on
the next course of action.

The Delhi High Court yesterday quashed Government and
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) orders derecognising and
disaffiliating IHF in 2008 after its secretary K Jothikumaran
was caught on camera taking bribes to select a player.

Reacting to the order, Gill said, "I have not received a
copy of the order, just read it in the newspapers. But my
answer is simple. Whatever the High Court ordered, we have to
accept that. My ministry will read it, think over it and then
decide what to do."

After disbanding IHF, IOA first set up an ad hoc
committee and then put in place Hockey India, merging men and
women`s units, as directed by the International Hockey
Federation (FIH).

"Of course we would abide by the High Court order. We
will read the order and think over it. But one thing is very
clear. Me and my ministry have this single goal to make
(India) number one in hockey," the Sports Minister told
reporters here.