HI, IHF to stick together for common goal

HI, IHF to stick together for common goal

Two bodies reach agreement to work together until Dec 2012

After a marathon eight and half hour-long meeting among HI, IHF and Sports Ministry officials, it was agreed that the two bodies will work under an arrangement which will continue till December 2012. However, there was no merger between the two bodies.

In what is being interpreted as a breakthrough of sorts, the two factions agreed to jointly work on four aspects -- organising National Championships, preparation of national teams and selection of national teams and participation in international tournaments.

Under the arrangement, there will be a joint Executive Committee of 39 members and a joint Working Committee of eight members which will take the final decision.
HI will have 20 members in the 39-member Executive Committee while the remaining 19 will be from the IHF.

“The decisions will be taken by the Working Committee which will have eight members -- four each from HI and IHF. There will be a chairman and co-chairman of the Working Committee, one each from HI and IHF. The chairman and the co-chairman will have equal powers,” HI’s general-secretary Narendra Batra said.

Since HI is the recognised body by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), it will be responsible for any communication to the world body after a decision is taken by the joint Working Committee.

IHF President RK Shetty and Batra jointly addressed the media, saying that they were happy with the discussions and the arrangements.

“The discussions were fruitful. We expect a robust administration now with both bodies coming together on core issues,” Shetty said. “Me and Batra are hopeful. We hope we will have a good working relationship during this period and contribute to the development of hockey,” he said.

“We are also grateful to the Sports Ministry and the minister for the efforts they have put in,” Shetty said.

Batra, on his part, said that neither HI nor IHF will be responsible for the contractual obligations of the other party.

“We all have to make adjustments and I believe if we are honest in our intentions we will be able to do good work. The main modality of the arrangement is that HI’s contractual obligations on any matter, financial or otherwise, will not lie on the IHF. It is vice versa for IHF,” Batra said.

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