Gill offers helping hand to Hockey India
Former IHF chief KPS Gill offered to join hands with the newly formed Hockey India and said he is ready to break the deadlock between two bodies for the sake of the national game.Updated: Jun 13, 2009 21:11 IST
In what could be seen as a setback for BHA President JB Roy, former IHF chief KPS Gill on Saturday offered to join hands with the newly formed Hockey India and said he is ready to break the deadlock between two bodies for the sake of the national game.
Gill said he has convened a meeting of state associations in New Delhi on Sunday in which Hockey India has also been invited.
This could be seen in retaliation to Roy-led state associations' decision to leave Gill out of a meeting to protest the formation of Hockey India.
"With the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games slated to be held next year, we can ill afford to waste time.
"I don't stand on ego and for improving the standard of the game I am prepared to co-operate with anybody who has a good of Indian hockey at heart," Gill said in a statement.
"I want Indian hockey to regain its glory and to once again emerge as a powerful player in the international arena and for that I am prepared to go to any length," he said.
The former IHF President categorically made it clear that the erstwhile Indian Women's Hockey Federation, led by Amrit Bose, who has defected to the Roy camp, has not been invited to the meeting.
First Published: Jun 13, 2009 21:08 IST