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Hockey India's poll process under scanner


Digvijay Singh Deo,CNN-IBN
Jan 08, 2010 at 01:03pm IST

New Delhi: Hockey India, the adhoc body running the sport in the country, has been making attempts to bend rules and the election process.

New Delhi will be hosting Hockey World Cup in about 50 days but it seems unlikely that the national game will have an elected body in place by then.

CNN-IBN has in its possession some explosive documents that suggest the election process is descending into a farce.

A letter written by the government observer SK Mendiratta on December 24, 2009, to the Union Sports Ministry doubts Hockey India’s ability to conduct a transparent and fair election.

Hockey India drafted its election bylaws on January 1 and sent it to the all concerned parties including International Hockey Federation.

But shockingly, three days later a new bye law was drawn up which made the government observer a mere spectator.

Moreover, the voting rules are to be changed before every election while nominations of Hockey India office bearers will be done on the floor of the house.

The flip-flop has made the International Hockey Federation see red and has led to a scathing e-mail on January 6.

International Hockey Federation Vice-President Antonio von Ondarza notes that the earlier constitution, which had been agreed upon by all parties, was changed without informing him.

An angry Ondraza has demanded that Hockey India send the orginal constitution that had been approved by the Government of India.

Sources say the Sports Ministry has objected in 'very strong words' to what it calls a self created draft by an adhoc body which has no authority to bend the rules.

Hockey India that had been set up to put things right in the game after the failure to qualify for the Olympics seems to imploding under the weight of its own contradictions.

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