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India loses hosting rights of Champions Trophy


PTI | Issue Dated: September 6, 2011, Lausanne
Tags : Hockey India | Indian Hockey Federation | IOC | Champions Trophy | Champions Challenge |

The storm cloud that had been looming upon the horizon of Indian Hockey and the Men's Champions Trophy for quite some time now, has finally broken. India lost the hosting rights of this year's Champions Trophy hockey tournament on Tuesday, paying the price for an ongoing administrative row over the governance of the game in the country.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced that India will no longer host the 2011 Men's Champions Trophy due to ongoing problems with the governance of hockey in the country.

A replacement host for the event is expected to be named within a week.

The schedule and line-up of the 2011 Champions Trophy will be determined when the host is announced. However the event will take place during the same window of December 3-11.

With India no longer hosting the Champions Trophy, the country has been now invited to play in the Champions Challenge to be held in South Africa in November.

"We regret that we have to move the Champions Trophy from India," said FIH President Leandro Negre.

"It is difficult for the teams, the organizers and the fans. But we feel that this is the only way to maintain the integrity of our sport," he added.

According to the IOC statutes which are followed by the FIH, there can only be one governing body for any one sport in any country with exclusive authority and responsibility to govern, organize national competitions and to enter national teams in international competitions.

In India, Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) have been at loggerheads for quite some time to control the running of the game in the country.

To put an end to the tussle, the Sport ministry had formulated a compromise settlement between the warring bodies to run the same smoothly in the country. However, such temporary fixes proved inadequate for FIH.

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