The Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday stated it continues to have “full belief” in Hockey India however expects its member associations to abide by the sports activities code of their respective nations.
The Delhi Excessive Court docket final month positioned HI underneath a three-member Committee of Directors (CoA) following its statement that the federation has violated the Nationwide Sports activities Code.
The courtroom ruling got here on a petition filed by former India participant Aslam Sher Khan, who had challenged Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) President Narinder Batra’s appointment as life member of HI.
“It is 100% clear that each Nationwide Affiliation (NA) has to be sure that its Statutes are compliant with the sports activities code of the native authorities. Due to this fact, if this isn’t the case for Hockey India in the intervening time, then this has to occur,” stated FIH’s chief govt officer Thierry Weil.
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“Nevertheless, this case doesn’t have an effect on FIH’s full belief in Hockey India.” The FIH CEO stated HI will proceed to play a pivotal function within the improvement of the sport.
“Certainly, Hockey India has been and continues to be a key actor of the event of our sport, not solely within the nation, but in addition for the world, as an excellent organiser of quite a few FIH occasions,” Weil stated.
In its judgement, the Delhi HC held that the appointment of Batra as HI’s life member and Elena Norman as CEO have been unlawful and thus the executive setup of the nationwide physique was inaccurate or unlawful.
The HC constituted a committee headed by former Supreme Court docket choose AR Dave and has former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi and ex-Indian hockey workforce captain Zafar Iqbal as members.
The committee has been entrusted with making acceptable preparations for the governance of HI till recent elections are held.
Speaking concerning the inaugural Hockey 5s held right here final weekend, Weil stated the FIH is all for its progress alongside the standard format and could be internet hosting the primary Hockey 5s World Cup in 2024.
“Hockey5s is a good lever to spice up the expansion of hockey on the world degree. Because of its much less restrictive infrastructure – smaller subject – but in addition to the required variety of gamers, the observe of Hockey5s could be a actual improvement asset for a lot of nations on this planet,” he stated.
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“Growing the game is the number one mission of any worldwide federation. The identical goes for FIH. That is why, amongst different issues, the FIH has determined to create a Hockey5s World Cup (first version in 2024).
“As well as, the dimensions of the sector additionally makes it doable to anchor the Hockey5s within the coronary heart of cities, giving it an city dimension that could be very modern and enticing, particularly amongst younger folks.
“Lastly, Hockey5s is a wonderful springboard, a ‘gateway’, to 11-a-side hockey,” Weil added.
The Indian males’s hockey workforce gained the inaugural FIH Hockey 5s, whereas Uruguay gained the crown within the girls’s part.