States eager to voice concerns
Pressure from the state bodies is building on the hockey ad—hoc committee to conduct elections at the earliest. In a move that may increase this pressure, the Bengal Hockey Association (BHA) has organised a two-day seminar in New Delhi. The seminar, to be attended by 28 hockey associations, will begin on Wednesday and the need for early IHF elections will be a major topic for discussion at this meet.
The state representatives will also meet the Sports Minister, MS Gill, and Indian Olympic Association officials in this regard.
Other issues like the uplift of Indian hockey and a ‘system to run the game in a proper manner’, will also be discussed at the seminar. “Besides these 28 units attending the seminar, we have the support of five-six more units of the IHF,” said a source on conditions of anonymity.
The BHA had voiced its resentment against the ad-hoc committee recently at a seminar in Mumbai.
BHA secretary JB Roy feels that a democratic structure is required to run the game in the country. “We want IHF elections soon. We don’t care who comes to the power, but we want an elected body to run the game in the country,” Roy told HT on Tuesday.
“Most of the officials have reached the Capital, and we are expecting a positive outcome from our discussions,” said another official.
All the 28 officials would meet the IOA officials on Thursday.
The ad-hoc committee however stayed away from commenting on the matter.
“I am aware of the meeting, but I would not like to comment on it,” said ad-hoc committee convener Mohammed Aslam.