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Updated: August 29, 2009 16:26 IST

Observer for Hockey India polls

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The Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports has already identified the person who would be the observer. File Photo: M.Vedhan
The Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports has already identified the person who would be the observer. File Photo: M.Vedhan

After International Hockey Federation (FIH), the Sports Ministry has also decided to appoint its own observer for the much-awaited Hockey India elections.

Sports Minister M S Gill today said he will send an observer for the national hockey federation’s poll to ensure a free and fair election.

“The FIH has already appointed an observer for Hockey India elections. Even I want Hockey India to be a properly elected body. So I am also going to sent an observer for the polls,” Gill said to mark hockey legend Major Dhyanchand’s birthday, celebrated as National Sports Day.

“I have already selected the person whom I will appoint as the observer because I am a firm believer of democracy,” he said.

“Hockey India was formed as per the FIH’s wishes. The world body also said it (Hockey India) should have men’s and women’s federation under one roof and the democratic elections of the body should be held before the World Cup,” he added.

Gill, however, refused to divulge the name the official.

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