New Delhi: A day after Hockey India blasted the Indian Hockey Federation for trying to lure players for its unsanctioned World Series Hockey league, a fuming IHF retorted back, saying HI is a "puppet body" (of FIH) which is acting "as a servile agent of international bosses".
"It is very unfortunate that HI proposes to deal in one-upmanship while continuing to act as a servile agent of international bosses, for reasons best known to them. It is thus no surprise to see that HI is nothing but a puppet body controlled by foreign interests," IHF said in a statement.
Welcoming HI's plan of organising a proposed league under the aegis of the International Hockey Federation from 2013, IHF questioned FIH's interests in a domestic tournament. "The IHF finds it heartening to see HI announce a proposed league albeit one without a name, no players, no infrastructure, no concrete plan and a possible start date over two years away," it said. "Why else would HI take the extraordinary step of announcing plans for a domestic league under the sanction and control of the FIH?" IHF questioned.