Shastri hockey meet to go ahead as planned

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> The Shastri Hockey tournament will be held on the dates as scheduled earlier.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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New Delhi:

The prestigious Shastri Hockey tournament, which was in danger of getting derailed, will be held on the dates as scheduled earlier, following a "special concession" made by the Indian Hockey Federation today. The organisers of Shastri hockey had scheduled the tournament for October 1 to 8 so as to celebrate the birth centenary of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri whose birthday is on October 2. But a circular from IHF yesterday stating that all major domestic tournaments, scheduled to be held from August 22 to December 10, be postponed "in the larger interest of the game" sent the organisers in a tizzy as they had already invited three foreign teams including Pakistan and booked hotel accommodations in advance. Shastri Hockey President Kamal Chowdhary promptly sought a meeting with IHF supremo KPS Gill this morning and it was decided that an exemption would be made by the game's governing body and in return four teams of IHF would be fielded in the tournament. (PTI)