The Government suffered a setback on Tuesday as the Supreme Court permitted Hockey India and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to send the women's hockey team to participate in the World Cup in Argentina beginning on August 29.
A bench comprising Justices RV Raveendran and HK Gokhle rejected the government's claim over the control of the game.
It passed the order after the Sports Ministry failed to produce any written communication to support its claim that the international hockey federation (FIH) recognised it to send the team for the World Cup.
HI succeeded in getting the direction after it produced FIH's communication, stating that the international body recognised only HI to represent the Indian team at international events. FIH's acting director, Webb Roger, wrote the letter that was placed before the bench.
The court further noted that HI and IOA had selected the same players who were chosen by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). It, however, clarified that the court order was just a “temporary arrangement.”
To break the deadlock, the bench gave an opportunity to the Ministry to show that there was an assurance that the team sent by it for the World Cup would be accepted by the organisers.
The paper only said that the government discussed the whole affairs with FIH and was assured of the team’s participation in the World Cup.
The bench rejected the Ministry’s plea to grant it some more time to explain the factual position about the team’s composition.
It gave credence to the e-mail communication received by HI from FIH instead.