The FIH vice president Antonio von Ondarza will be present in his observer’s capacity as Hockey India goes into a huddle on Monday to sort out its affiliation mess and take stock of the government guidelines before finalising its election date.

HI India President A.K. Mattoo told PTI that the federation has requested Ondarza, also the International Hockey Federation-appointed observer for the polls, to come down to the capital to discuss all pending issues that are delaying the election process.

“The FIH observer will come to Delhi on Monday. We have requested him to discuss the recent government directives and matters which are creating problems in conducting the elections,” Mattoo said.

“We will discuss the affiliation issues as well and come out with a solution by Tuesday.

“We will also discuss with Ondarza the minimum principles listed by the government to be followed before the elections,” he said.

Mattoo confirmed that the much-awaited January 29 elections has been postponed but assured that it would be conducted well before the World Cup to be held here from February 28-March 13.

“I hope by Tuesday, we will come out with the notice for the general body meeting. But I assure you that the elections will not deferred by more than 2-3 days,” Matoo said.

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