Ministry to take decision on unified hockey body

Updated: 11 June 2011 13:31 IST

In his effort to put up a unified hockey body, sports minister Ajay Maken will meet Hockey India (HI) and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) on Saturday.

Ministry to take decision on unified hockey body
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New Delhi:

In his effort to put up a unified hockey body, sports minister Ajay Maken will meet Hockey India (HI) and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) on Saturday.

Maken told reporters that he went to meet former IHF president K.P.S. Gill accompanied by HI officials last month, but there was no solution.

HI has the recognition of the world body (FIH) while IHF, which was disbanded by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on charges of corruption, has been re-instituted by the court.

"Last month I went to meet Mr. Gill with Hockey India (HI) officials, but there was no result. I want them to come to a common ground on equal terms," Maken said.

The sports minister said that he wants equal representation from both the associations in the unified body.

"I want equal representations from both IHF and Hockey India in the unified body. It is very important to have a unified body in place. I have called both the parties again Saturday and want them to come together on equal terms," said the minister.

Maken added that the sports ministry is awaiting HI's recommendations on having a foreign coach.

"Till date we haven't received any names from HI. We appointed Harendra Singh earlier because he was recommended by HI. We are not against the appointment of a foreign coach, but first they have to provide us with some names," he said.

The sports ministry also allocated Rs.21 crore for the preparation of the men's and women's teams for the 2012 London Olympics.

Topics : Olympics 2012 Hockey
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