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Hockey India faces challenge

india Updated: Jun 05, 2009 23:49 IST

The suspended Indian Hockey Federation and the erstwhile Indian Women's Hockey Federation (IWHF) have reportedly joined hands to initiate legal and 'logical' action against Hockey India. An official declaration to this effect will be made on June 8 in New Delhi.

A joint meeting of 60-62 units of both the federations has also been convened tentatively on June 13-14 in New Delhi to decide the further course of action. Besides, the IHF will also be holding its annual general meeting on June 14 in which all the state units are expected to be present.

Sources also confirmed that Bengal Hockey Association president J.B. Roy had a long discussion with IHF chief K.P.S. Gill on Friday. “We have discussed everything regarding Hockey India and, on June 14, we will be declaring our plan of action,” Roy told HT. “We won't allow any undemocratic set-up to run the game,” he added.

Though there was no official confirmation from K.P.S. Gill about any such 'unity' between the disgruntled forces, IWHF secretary Amrit Bose confirmed she had given her consent for the same. “Our unity will certainly bring about a positive result,” she said.

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