IHF and IWHF merge, election in October
Taking first step towards getting the FIH recognition, Indian Hockey Federation and Indian Women's Hockey Federation today merged to form a single body which will handle the affairs of the game in the country.delhi Updated: Aug 12, 2010 20:46 IST
Taking first step towards getting the FIH recognition, Indian Hockey Federation and Indian Women's Hockey Federation on Thursday merged to form a single body which will handle the affairs of the game in the country.
The body, which will continue to be known as the Indian Hockey Federation, would hold its election in the first week of October.
Hockey India was de-recognised by the government for non-compliance of guidelines, leaving The KPS Gill-led IHF the sole representative of the game in the country.
Gill exchanged papers with the IWHF President Atma Ram during the general and executive body meetings here and said the amendments to the constitution, required to make the changes, effective would be passed next month.
"The IHF and the IWHF today merged. But the IHF constitution needs some amendments to formalise the decision, which we will be brought during our next meeting to be held probably on September 9," Gill said at a press conference.
"We also want to hold the election of the Federation in the first week of October, before the holidays of Dussera. Till that time two executive committees will jointly look after all the affairs," Gill added.
The former top cop said that the IHF would apply for the International Hockey Federation's recognition once the election process is over.
"We will apply for the affiliation of the FIH only after the elections," he said.
Re-recognised by the Sports Ministry, the IHF is trying to get the approval of the FIH, which still considers Hockey India as the sole representative for the sport in the country.
One of the pre-requisites for getting the FIH recognition is to have a single body for both men and the women players.
"We are happy to merge with the IHF today. Out of total 33 state units we had 30 units in the meeting and passed the resolution unanimously. IHF also had the majority of the units in attendance.
"We now have to give 21 days of notice before passing the amendment resolutions required," IWHF General Secretary Amrit Bose said on the occasion.
"We would also like to involve the former players in the Federation's working in order to utilise their experience," Bose added.