Gill accuses FIH of breach of contract

The former IHF chief said the agreement between the FIH and IOA to host the 2010 World Cup in India is invalid.

updated: July 23, 2008 18:18 IST
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The dissolved Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) president KPS Gill accused the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) of breach of contract for entrusting the responsibility to host the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

After a meeting with the IOA President Suresh Kalmadi and ad-hoc committee members here today, the game's governing body said it has entered into an agreement with the IOA to organize the mega event in New Delhi.

However, Gill claimed that the new agreement was invalid as there was already a deal between the FIH and Indian Hockey Confederation (IHC) in this regard.

"An agreement has already been reached between the IHC and FIH. I wonder as to how FIH could breach the contract," Gill told PTI.

"How can IOA hold such a big event when IHC is not going to exist and Hockey India is going to be formed?," he questioned, adding that "this meant the new body will have no role to play."

The FIH President Els van Breda Vriesman today said IOA has proposed to rename the IHC to Hockey India but an official confirmation in this regard will be taken at the IOA General Assembly in November.

Gill pointed out that with the court case against the IHF's dissolution still pending, it was premature on the part of IOA to take such a far reaching decision.

"In one hand, they (IOA) are buying time in the court and on the other they are taking far reaching decisions.

"How can ad-hoc committee by very definition be able to sign an agreement with the international body without caring for the law of the land. They are only to run the day-to-day affairs," he stated.

Gill also said that there was not a single clause in the FIH's 'Promoting India Hockey' project which speaks about the development of the game in the country.

"The FIH's project proposal signed in October last year was only for appointment of Ric Charlesworth. Other clauses referred only to the setting up of project office and correspondence."

On the issue of public broadcaster, Doordarshan not telecasting the Junior Asia Cup matches, Gill said, "In the past, IHF used to pay nominal amounts to Doordarshan for telecasting tournaments held at home, including the Asia Cup in September. Obviously, the IOA was not willing to pay anything which prompted the Doordarshan to refuse to telecast the event.

"They (IOA) are talking about the promotion of hockey but they don't want the fans to view the matches, they should have raised that nominal fee," he said.