Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Monday suspended the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) for activities that brought “discredit” to the nation and decided to form an ad hoc committee to run the affairs of the game.

The unanimous decision was taken at a meeting of the IOA’s Executive Committee, convened to discuss the future of hockey administration following a “sting” operation by a news channel on IHF secretary K. Jothikumaran.

IOA president Suresh Kalmadi was authorised to nominate a five-member ad hoc body till such time the “issues are resolved.”

This is the second time such an ad hoc body has been formed. In 1975, faction fights led to the formation of a panel.

Pressure from FIH

Mr. Kalmadi admitted that the IOA intervened owing to pressure from the International Hockey Federation.

FIH secretary-general Peter L. Cohen, in a letter to the IOA on April 22, said: “The FIH urges the IOA to intervene and ensure that appropriate action is taken to guarantee the administration of the Indian Hockey Confederation and Indian hockey.”

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