IHF, IWHF set to merge today

IHF, IWHF set to merge today

Re-recognised by the Sports Ministry, the IHF is trying to get the approval of the international hockey federation, which considers Hockey India as the sole representative for the sport here.

One of the pre-requisites for getting the FIH recognition is to have a single body for both the men’s and women’s hockey.

“We have a meeting tomorrow and we are going to merge as per the government guidelines. We have completed the formalities. We have requested for a government observer and hopefully we will get one for tomorrow,” IWHF secretary Amrit Bose told PTI. At present, there is confusion over which body is the official representative of hockey in India as both HI and IHF have staked their claim.

While the IHF, which has promised to comply with the Sports Ministry’s age and tenure-limitation guidelines, has the government’s backing, HI enjoys FIH’s support.
Peeved by the FIH’s stand to recognise HI, the Sports Ministry has stated that HI had no right to select teams as it was a ‘private body’.

The ministry also asked the FIH not to deal with HI any more as it has lost its national character and allow the IOA or the Sports Authority of India to field the Indian team for international events till the issue was resolved.

However, with the Commonwealth Games coming up, the Commonwealth Games Federation has written to FIH, seeking guidance on the matter. If the issue is not sorted out, it may even have a bearing on India’s participation in the Games.

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