Hockey India has brought the Mumbai Hockey Association (MHA) into its fold as an associate member, an official release said on Thursday.
The induction will enable MHA to take part in all the National Championships to be conducted by Hockey India in future.
With this move, the governing body for field hockey in the country now has six associate members, besides 30 affiliated members and two other members through state Olympic associations.
HI secretary general Narinder Batra said, "Mumbai has always been an important centre and has produced so many national and international level players. Now they have become an associate member so we will work together for the development of the game at all levels."
"I am hopeful that MHA will put in its best efforts to promote the game at grass-root level by organising more and more tournaments in the city," he added.
MHA also welcomed the development and Mangha Singh Bakshi, president of Mumbai Hockey Association, assured about working for the development of the game in the city and the country.