IHF Suspended- A Welcome Move

K P S Gill’s 15-year tenure as the hockey boss came to an unceremonious end with the Indian Olympic Association removing him by suspending the IHF and appointing an ad-hoc committee, headed by former Olympian Aslam Sher Khan. The ‘unanimous’ decision to suspend IHF was taken at an emergency meeting called by the IOA following the sting operation which caught Secretary K Jothikumaran purportedly accepting bribe to select a player in the national team.

The ad-hoc commiittee will have hockey greats such as Ashok Kumar, Dhanraj Pillay, Ajit Pal Singh and Zafar Iqbal as the other members.

“It is a painful decision that we made today. But it had to be taken since there were corruption allegations. We have taken the decision after discussions with former Olympians, captains and all those who have played for India,” IOA President Suresh Kalmadi told a packed press conference.

“Gill was there (meeting) throughout. It was a unanimous decision and no one spoke against it. We have great respect for K P S Gill and it is not personal. Jothikumaran did not come unfortunately, we wanted to hear him. It was an opportunity for him to present his case,” he said.

Indian Express

A Glimpse into the Past (Hindustan Times dated 29/04/08)

THE INDIAN Olympic Association (IOA) repeated history after 32 years by suspending the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).

It was in 1974 that the IOA had suspended the IHF for the first time after the Federation International de Hockey (FIH) had disaffiliated it following a series of disputes in the federation.

The IOA began managing the hockey affairs and the country’s participation in the 1975 World Cup was possible due to this development. Eventually, India went on to become world champions.

“There were disputes in the IHF and taking a serious note the IOA suspended the federation towards the end of 1974. The-then Punjab chief minister, Giani Zail Singh, offered to host the team’s preparation for the World Cup and thethen IOA president, Raja Bhalendra Singh, accepted the offer,” said Balbir Singh, who was named administrative officer of the camp and was later made chief coach-cum-manager of the team.

Balbir recalled, “The camp was held at the Punjab University and everyone extended their support for the cause. I took charge of the camp on November 14 and the only practice session I missed was on the afternoon of December 29 when my father was cremated. That was the passion we had towards our national sport.”

“After the IHF’s suspension, we became the world champions. Let’s see what’s on offer this time,” said the triple Olympics gold medallist. “In 1975, every player contributed his best and we won the title. If everybody gives his best, we can again become world champs.”

On the latest development, Balbir remarked, “Change is always for the better and our system was demanding this for a long time. It has finally happened. Hopefully, it will be towards the betterment of the sport.”

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