2023 Hockey World Cup In Odisha: Don’t Jeopardise Event, FIH To Tell Hockey India; Know Why

Bhubaneswar: India’s largest hockey stadium, the Birsa Munda Stadium, is coming up in Rourkela in Odisha to co-host the event.
The entire state is looking forward to the much-awaited event, a matter of pride for host Odisha and its people.

But is the 2023 Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup, to be hosted in Odisha, in trouble?

According to media reports, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) plans to write to the Committee of Administrators (CoA), which governs Hockey India, asking it to conduct elections to the governing body and avoid “jeopardising” the men’s World Cup in Odisha in January 2023. Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar will be the other venue.

The decision to send an official communication to CoA was taken at the executive board meeting of the FIH on Friday in Terrassa, Spain, on the sidelines of the Women’s World Cup.

“FIH will send an official communication to the Committee of Administrators of Hockey India with a request to have elections for India’s hockey governing body held as soon as possible, in order not to jeopardise the upcoming FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup scheduled in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in January 2023,” the FIH stated on Saturday.

The world governing body’s next executive board meeting will be held on November 3 ahead of the FIH Congress that will be held virtually on November 4-5, 2022, reports said.

Hockey India’s situation is expected to be reviewed again in FIH’s next executive board meeting.

Odisha Bytes contacted a senior Odisha government functionary, who said it was too early to comment on the issue.

The Delhi High Court in May placed Hockey India under a three-member CoA after observing that the federation had violated the National Sports Code.

The HC ruling came on a petition filed by former India player Aslam Sher Khan, who had challenged Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra’s appointment as a life member of Hockey India.

The HC held that Hockey India’s appointment of Batra as its life member and Elena Norman as CEO were illegal, and thus the administrative setup of the national federation was erroneous or illegal.

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