Former India captain and coach Pargat Singh has decided to contest for the post of the Hockey India president. He will be filling his nomination on Saturday for the elections scheduled for July 28.
Pargat is the first person to officially announce his candidature for elections that have been postponed thrice because of problems with affiliation process and the resultant court cases.
There are indications the elections would be a contest between two groups — one led by Pargat Singh and the other by incumbent president Vidya Stokes and secretary general Narinder Batra.
Bengal Hockey Association president JB Roy, who has led a group of states against IHF president KPS Gill and held a conclave at Amby Valley near Pune, would not throw his hat into the ring. The Roy group will support Pargat and some of its members may contest as a new panel, which will be announced in a couple of days.
“Pargat will file his nomination on Saturday. The names for other posts in his panel will be decided later,” said a source close to the Olympian.
“We have got support from all quarters. Many state associations are backing his candidature for the various roles he has played in Indian hockey,” the source added.