Hockey

FIH sticks to its stand on WSH

The International Hockey Federation (FIH), reiterating its stand on WSH, said on Wednesday that the league was an unsanctioned event and it would monitor the participation of active players in the competition.

FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather said the world governing body of the sport had never changed its stand on the WSH.

“Our stand has been very clear. The (Delhi) High Court order says they can have a league when there is no international hockey and for the next seven-eight months, the calendar is packed,” said Fairweather on the sidelines of the official launch of the Olympic qualifying events, ‘Hero FIH Road to London.'

Asked what action FIH would take if active players took part in the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF)-backed WSH, Fairweather said the FIH would wait and watch. “The FIH rules and regulations are very clear about this.”

On the proposed Hockey India-led FIH-sanctioned league, scheduled to be launched in 2013, Fairweather said the details were being worked out.

Fairweather said he would hold talks with the Government and the IOA on the possibility of allotting at least one international event per calendar to India for next four years.

Talking about the Olympic qualification tournaments, set to begin at the National Stadium here from Saturday, Fairweather expected a tough competition. “I think there are three good teams — Canada, France and Poland — which can give a tough time (to the highest-ranked India).” A team each from the men's and women's qualifiers in Delhi will reach the London Olympics.

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