IS THE domination of Bhopal Hockey Association (BHA) over the game in the city over? The answer is ‘yes’, if one goes by the words of the former Olympian Aslam Sher Khan, who has claimed that he does not require any permission from BHA to organise any tournament.
He was addressing a press conference in the City on Sunday to announce an All India hockey tournament for under 21 boys in the memory of his father Ahmed Sher Khan in the month of November.
“To organise a tournament of national level the need is to get approval from Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) rather than BHA”, claimed Khan
the former Olympian, Khan has reiterated his concern over the awful condition of Bhopal hockey. “It is unfortunate the city that has produced a number of international players has lost the name in hockey in last few years”, lamented Khan.
Further, he said that this tournament is a beginning to bring those golden days.
Interestingly, it was for the second time that Khan has made such comments on improving the game in the capital city since resigning from IHF. But nothing has been done so far in this direction.
Regarding the tournament, he said that he is hoping for atleast four teams from Bhopal to participate in the tournament. “We deliberately decided to organise the national level tournament at the junior level, as the need is to support the new generation”, Khan said.
Before the announcement of Aslam Sher Khan of organising the All India hockey tournament in the City, three others have also made such announcements.
BHA secretary Ikram-ur-Rehman had earlier announced to resume the Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup hockey tournament. Few days ago Bhopal Divisional Cricket Association (BDCA) president Dhruv Narayan Singh was reported to have announced organizing a national level tournament. But the future of hockey in the city remains to be seen.
Jalaluddin’s honest committments
Only one man is still endeavouring to resume the Bhopal hockey by regularly organising the hockey tournaments. Former Olympian Jalaluddin has the credit for organising the India-Pakistan veterans hockey match in 2005 and the match between Bhopal veterans and national women’s hockey team in the recent past. By organising these matches, he managed to bring good number of hockey lovers to the ground.