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Jul 18

Written by: Sundeep Misra
Friday, July 18, 2008 


The International Hockey Federation, the game's world governing body, today formally awarded the hosting rights of 2010 men's World Cup to India. FIH President Els van Breda Vriesman, who met Indian Olympic Association President Suresh Kalmadi who is also the chairman of the ad-hoc committee which is running the game in the country, said the dates of the tournamanet would be declared later.

"FIH 2010 men's world cup has been confirmed and the venue for it is New Delhi, which will also host the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Dates for the men's world cup will be announced later," she told reporters here. The mega-event will be a joint venture between the FIH and the IOA, Vriesman said. "Holding of the event will be a joint venture between FIH and IOA and the profits will be reinvested for promotion of India Hockey," she added.

The FIH, over a year ago, had proposed to stage the event in India, subject to various factors related to the game and infrastructure and after being satisfied with all that they announced that India would be the hosts.

Vriesman also said that FIH has decided in principle to award the Men's Champions Trophy in 2011 or 2012 to India, subject to sponsorship and other arrangements, besides promising a Women's tournament in the country in the next few years. Kalmadi disclosed that National Stadium would be the venue for the World Cup. "The National Hockey Stadium in New Delhi will be the venue of the mega event. The stadium will also be the venue of hockey competition of Commonwealth Games in 2010," he said.
 
When asked who represented India at the 49th Council Meeting of the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) yesterday, Kalmadi said he and IOA ad-hoc committee members attended the meeting.

He said KPS Gill, head of the dissolved Indian Hockey Federation did not represent India in the AHF meeting and was only there as a council member. Meanwhile, Vriesman said, "The IOA advised that it has provisionally recognised the Indian Hockey Confederation as the sole governing body for hockey in India." An official confirmation is expected at the IOA General Assembly in November. "This is a new beginning for Indian Hockey and as an indication of this change, and it is proposed to rename the Indian Hockey Confederation to Hockey India," she said.

"Every country was having only one body for  Hockey. Henceforth, the IHF and IWHF will be amalgamated into Hockey India," she added. The state-level hockey federations would also be brought under the new project 'Hockey India', though it would take time. On the continuation of IOA ad-hoc committee, Kalmadi said a meeting of former hockey captains and Olympians has been convened this evening where the matter will be discussed and another meeting would be held in Delhi soon till then the IOA ad-hoc committee would move forward.



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