IHF gives 'in principle' nod

The Sports Ministry had proposed a merger plan and had asked both HI and IHF to furnish their views on it, while also warning of stern action against both the bodies if they fail to do so. HI had already replied agreeing to most of the Ministry proposals while the IHF had sought time till Tuesday.

The IHF on Tuesday submitted its reply to the Ministry proposal and its president RK Shetty said it has agreed to most of the merger provisions. A meeting was to be held between HI and IHF on Tuesday but did not happen. Some IHF office bearers though had a meeting with Ministry officials.

“We had sought time till today to give reply to the Ministry proposal. We have submitted our reply today. We have in principle agreed that there should be a unified body,” Shetty said.

“We were to have a meeting with HI today but it could not be held as they had some prior engagements. But we had a meeting with Ministry officials. The Ministry gave us a lot of confidence on the merger issue. It’s a positive step,” he said.

A Ministry source said that the response from the IHF was a positive one and merger issue could be settled in a week’s time. “It was a positive response from the IHF. We are hoping that the merger issue would be sorted out in a week’s time,” the source said.

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