Hockey India (HI) has derecognised Air India as its associate member due to non-payment of its annual membership fees since 2010-11.

The decision was taken at the HI executive board meeting here on Saturday. Air India has been a member of HI since 2009 and was demoted to an associate member last year, following non-payment of fees.

“Although it was tough to derecognise Air India as an associate member, discipline had to be maintained for the smooth functioning of the National Sports Federation,” said HI secretary-general Narinder Batra.

HI now has 32 state units, five associate members and two members through state Olympic associations.

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