By Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: The dispute between the Hockey India (HI) and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) over the reins of Hockey in the country is still unsettled however, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) is hopeful for an amicable resolution of the matter. “The FIH recognises Hockey India (HI) as the legitimate body to look after hockey affairs in India and we are in constant touch with HI for the resolution of all disputes”, said Kelly Fairweather while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
“FIH delegation will travel to India next week to hold talks with Hockey India officials”, added Kelly Fairweather
The row between the HI and IHF has already cost India the right to host the Champions trophy last year, and the apex body shifted the mega event to New Zealand.
Recently the Indian Hockey Federation organised the World Series Hockey (WSH) in which players from all around the world including Pakistan and India took part. Since the Indian Hockey Federation is not recognised by the FIH therefore local federations have vowed to take the players to task.
On the issue the CEO, Kelly Fairweather said that the FIH had a clear policy in this regard however the onus is on the local federations to deal with the players.
“Action against those took part in the disputed Indian league is the prerogative of local federations”, concludes Kelly Fairweather
The CEO however said that the clauses related to unsanctioned events was only included in the FIH regulations on March 31st, 2011, therefore players signed contracts with WSH after the date would surely be taken to task by local federations.