Even as the showpiece event of Indian hockey, the Premier Hockey League, kicks off in Chennai, the national game continues to stutter at the international level.
Almost two months after the FIH observer Bob Davidzon submitted his report for the development of Indian hockey, there has been no response from the Indian Hockey Federation. Davidzon, who had visited India in October last year to assess the areas of concern and suggest ways to revive Indian hockey, told HT that he had submitted his report to the Executive Boards of the IHF, the Indian Women's Hockey Federation and the Indian Hockey Confederation as early as November 17. "A press release about the same was also suggested to the IHF but it has not appeared as yet. Therefore, it will now be released by the FIH," he added.
He also revealed that the report touched upon the Doha Asian Games and the immediate problems. On its part, the FIH said that Davidzon's report, titled 'Promotion of Indian Hockey', had identified 14 areas of concern, from international to grassroots level. The next stage of the project can be implemented only after the concerned federations take stock of the proposals and commit themselves to allocate people and other resources to assist in addressing them.
The fact that nothing has been done so far reflects the lack of seriousness on the part of the Indian authorities. Copies of the report were also submitted to the IOA and the IOC, but with no reactions from them either, it's no wonder that the game continues to suffer.