'Final date could be deferred'

'Final date could be deferred'

Clash with Indian Premier League cited as reason for the shift

“There is a possibility that the final could be shifted to some other date,” Mattoo said. “In fact, I recently had a meeting with the FIH representatives, event manager and all the persons concerned and we explored various options during the meeting,” he said.

Next year’s hockey World Cup was originally scheduled to be held in the capital from March 7 to 20, but last week, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) was forced to prepone the event by a week (February 28-March 13) to avoid a clash with the IPL third season slated for March 12-April 25.

However, it seems the initial date adjustments were not enough as the World Cup organisers are now contemplating of deferring the final of the megaevent scheduled for March 13 as there is an IPL double header on the very day.

Mattoo also reiterated that the much-awaited elections of Hockey India would be conducted before the World Cup, a mandatory clause put forth by the FIH before the host nation, failing which India would be barred from participating in the event.

“I want to make it clear that it’s we (Hockey India) who have provided them, the FIH, with the deadline and not them. We have provided them six months time to hold elections. It is not a question of mercy,” he said.

“You see, world over, one unit rule men and women hockey. India is the only exception. We have a detailed discussion with the FIH President and have assured him that we will elect a body with men’s and women’s federation under one roof before the World Cup,” he added.

Hockey India President also said they are now busy in giving the final touches to game’s national calendar which will come out very soon.

“We want to have the national championship for both men and women and will soon come out with the schedule. We are also working on international calendar,” Mattoo said.