New Delhi: Hockey India on Thursday gave associate membership to Bengal Hockey Association, which was under suspension, after the state body promised to get its house in order in six months time.
According to Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra, BHA now can hold and participate in national tournaments conducted by HI.
"We had a fruitful meeting with BHA officials today where they asked for six months time to sort our their issues. Accordingly, we acceded to their request and gave them associate membership status," Batra told PTI.
In today's meeting with HI, BHA was represented by its newly-elected president Gautam Mohan Chakraborty, secretary Salil Basu and vice-president Noomi Mehta.
BHA, one of the oldest state sports bodies in the country, was temporarily suspended by HI after the state unit failed to merge its men and women wings and did not inform the national federation about its elections held in December last year.