New Delhi: The beleaguered Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) today came down heavily upon the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for country's poor show at the quadrennial extravaganza and denounced the three-member committee set-up by it to look into the running of the Indian hockey.
The IOA had earlier in June formed a three-member committee headed by former president of the Wrestling Federation of India, G S Mander to look into the ongoing slugfest between the Hockey India (HI) and IHF.
However, the IHF on the eve of its meeting with the committee, dubbed it as "biased and unconstitutional".
"The acting president of the IOA (Vijay Kumar Malhotra) unilaterally constituted a three-member special committee headed by G S Mander, with B P Baishya and S M Bali as its members without the approval of the Executive or the General Body and against the constitution of the IOA itself," a release from the IHF stated.
"We have grave apprehension of bias since these members were part of the IOA that disaffiliated IHF. The committee should include independent members as the present set-up is not expected to act in an impartial and unbiased manner," it added.
The federation alleged that the international governing body of the sport, FIH, was remote controlling the country's sport and accused it of hampering the growth of Indian hockey.
"A pro-active FIH in its zeal to make money for themselves is not only protecting illegally formed Hockey India, but is also running the HI with remote control in their hands," IHF pointed.