Olympic Qualifiers to be held in India, HI to govern hockey

Ending the suspense over India's future in international hockey, the game's world governing body FIH today decided to conduct the Olympic Qualifiers in India next year and continue to recognise Hockey India as the National Federation for the sport.

In a major decision, the FIH's Executive Board in Lausanne unanimously decided to conduct the Olympic Qualifiers and other major hockey tournaments in India, a move which is bound to come as a relief for hockey lovers in the country.

It has also decided to recognize Hockey India (HI) as the National Federation of the Sport. The decision to this effect was conveyed to Sports Minister Ajay Maken by the FIH, President Leandro Negre on phone from Lausanne, Switzerland.

 Olympic Qualifiers to be held in India, HI to govern hockey

FIH today decided to conduct the Olympic Qualifiers in India next year and continue to recognise Hockey India as the National Federation for the sport. Reuters

The Olympic qualifiers are scheduled to be held from February 15 next year. Maken expressed satisfaction at the decision to conduct the qualifiers in the country and termed it as a "suitable and logical conclusion" to the efforts that were made by the Ministry, Hockey India and the FIH.

With time running out for India to save the hosting rights of next year's Olympic qualifiers, FIH had summoned Hockey India to present its case before the world body's executive council today.

The FIH had asked HI to appear before its executive board next month to discuss issues related to the game's governance in the country.

India had already paid the price for the long-standing power tussle between HI and Indian Hockey Federation over the governance of the game, with the FIH snatching away the hosting rights of this year's Champions Trophy.

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Updated Date: Nov 12, 2011 19:43:05 IST