Express News Service
CHENNAI : The world governing body for field hockey, International Hockey Federation (FIH) has written to the Delhi High Court requesting them to speed up the process of early elections in Hockey India because of the upcoming World Cup in January 2023. “We have a slight request that we communicated,” Thierry Weil, FIH CEO, told select journalists in an online call on Tuesday.
“If we can work together to speed up the process for new elections because of the World Cup coming up in January 2023. We have to do a lot of planning and working (with HI).” The HC had placed a three-member CoA to run the national body after the three-judge bench observed that HI had violated norms of the sports code. Narinder Batra is the president of the FIH.
However, Weil dismissed the idea of FIH suspending Hockey India. As this was a decision made by the HC, the Frenchman was categorical in his assertion this didn’t tantamount to third-party interference. “Given that it’s a court decision, we accept this decision from HC. We will work with the administrators which will be put in place. I have already sent a communication to the HC that we will work with them, we will be completely collaborative with them.
There is no need to suspend HI, we have nothing against the decision. We have looked into that, we have even consulted the International Olympic Committee. What can be accepted and what cannot be accepted? We will do everything within our power to work together. The daily work anyway continues perfectly with HI planning Pro League and the World Cup.”