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IHF firm before merger meeting with HI

india Updated: Jul 24, 2011 23:37 IST
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The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) is set to take a rigid stand on the power sharing issue in Monday's merger meeting with its rival, Hockey India (HI).

Though IHF president, RK Shetty, said he was hopeful of a solution acceptable to both parties, the IHF top brass believes it has already made a number of concessions and it is now HI's turn to scale down its stand.

"I am hopeful of finding a lasting solution. But it is also a fact that we have made a number of concessions and it is now their turn," Shetty, who is in New Delhi for the meeting, told HT on Sunday.

"There are some points like sharing of the secretary and treasurer's post till the elections in 2014, new constitution and the World Series Hockey (WSH), on which we can't concede any more ground," said Shetty.

Sources said though the IHF was ready to negotiate on the need to have a new constitution and interim chairman for the unified body, it does not want to yield on power sharing.

HI on its part is not ready to yield ground on the important posts and WSH, though there are some officials who believe that both bodies should come together first and then solve contentious issues like the hockey league.