FIH issues tough reminder to IHF

The FIH has asked the Indian Hockey Federation to address the issues concerning Indian hockey and achieve the desired results.

updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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New Delhi:

Concerned by its project report on Indian hockey making no headway even two months after its submission, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has sought to put pressure on Indian Hockey Federation, saying it was upto them to address the concerned areas for desired results. The FIH, which had identified 14 "areas of concern" in its report, which was submitted in mid-November, said it could move into the next stage only when the first stage of the programme was implemented. Bab Davidzson, the project leader appointed for studying what ails Indian hockey under the project 'Promotion Indian Hockey', had mentioned the areas of concerns in a document after a series of over 40 meetings with a variety of stakeholders, an FIH release said. The fact that the FIH chose to issue a press release is being viewed as a move to remind the IHF of its responsibilities regarding the project. The report prepared by the Dutchman was submitted to the IHF as well as the Indian Women Hockey Federation in mid-November and included suggestions for addressing these areas of concern.