20 weeks turnaround time for HI election and adoption of Constitution not acceptable: FIH | Hockey News

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The FIH has already threatened to strip India of the rights to host the men’s World Cup to be held in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from January 13-29.

NEW DELHI: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) said on Tuesday that it “cannot accept the 20-week turnaround time” for Hockey India to adopt a new Constitution and to set up a duly recognized and democratically elected council and hopes that the process will be completed quickly.
The FIH has already threatened to strip India of the rights to host the men’s World Cup to be held in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from January 13-29.
In his third letter to the Delhi High Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) which governs hockey in the country, FIH CEO Thierry Weil said the 20-week delay was “unacceptable” for the world body.
“We refer to your email of July 22, in which you mentioned that you will facilitate amendments to the Constitution, the holding of elections and the handing over of cases to the democratically elected body within 20 weeks from the date of the judgment. In this regard, we consider this to be an unsatisfactory response…” Weil said in his letter to the COA, a copy of which is in the possession of PTI.
“…we would like to reiterate once again that the FIH cannot agree to this 20 week delay. held fast,” he added.
Last Wednesday, the FIH requested a “detailed timetable” from the CoA on the adoption of the amended Constitution and the holding of new Hockey India elections.
He said that if Hockey India does not adopt a Constitution in line with the Sports Code sooner, the country runs the risk of losing the hosting rights of the World Cup.
A three-member FIH delegation, led by newly appointed interim President Seif Ahmed, is also scheduled to visit India on August 15 for an emergency meeting to assess progress on the adoption of a new Constitution, essential to save the country. World Cup.
Weil also said that the FIH still hopes to host the World Cup in India, but if things don’t work out during next month’s visit, a Hockey India ban is a possibility.
Repeated appeals to CoA members went unanswered.

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