The Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs decided to make Hockey India (HI) the sole body to be responsible for the promotion of the sport on 3 March 2014.
There was a long standing dispute over the administration of Hockey between Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). Both the HI and IHF were derecognized since August 2010 over the disputes.
Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs after a careful and detailed examination of the documents on record and keeping in view all the relevant factors decided to make the Hockey India the sole body to represent Hockey in India. The factors considered were unified body for men and women, recognition from the international body (FIH), recognition from IOA, free and fair elections and acceptance of the government guidelines
The development is a body blow to the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) which has been fighting legal battles against HI over the control of the sport in the country.
When: 3 March 2014