The international hockey federation, FIH, president, Leandro Negre, passed a damning judgement on Indian hockey officials, saying, “The ego of some people was preventing the FIH from solving the Hockey India (HI) affiliation issue”.
He cautioned hockey officials that India would be suspended if HI elections were not held before May 31 and that no Indian team would be allowed to participate in international events.
Though the world hockey boss refused to name “those” people who were impediments in the process, he said this was the reason for the “FIH setting May 31 as the final deadline for putting a democratically elected federation in place”.
Negre, who has been here for the World Cup, said, he had interacted with representatives of some units and “is ready to speak to more if they approach me to solve the problem. I have advised HI to go ahead with elections with all those units that are ready to take part.
“For the FIH, it is important that Indian hockey is represented by a democratically elected body. We have lots of programmes to promote hockey in India but for that, having a body elected through free and fair elections is necessary,” Negre told a press conference.
The FIH boss was, however, unclear about what would be his stand if the court cases were not resolved before the deadline. “The FIH wants to organise the World Club Championship in India for the next four years. For that, India should have a domestic league under direct control of the federation.”
Negre termed the World Cup a success and said the only grey area was the lack of a federation, “because of which the FIH had to deal with different bodies”.