Indian Hockey Federation gets ultimatum on World Cup

March 31st, 2008 - 8:10 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, March 31 (IANS) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has issued an ultimatum to the Indian Hockey Confederation in view of “inadequate preparations” for the 2010 World Cup that has been “conditionally” awarded to India. The FIH, at its executive board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, last week reviewed the progress made with two of its projects - the “Promoting Indian Hockey” and preparations for the 2010 World Cup.

“The executive board noted that satisfactory progress had not been made in either area. However, it decided to give Indian hockey some additional time, as provided for in the Memorandum of Understanding (signed in November 2007 between the FIH and the Indian Hockey Confederation), to urgently address those issues before taking a final decision,” a FIH press release said.

“In the meantime, FIH is looking for alternative host countries in case the FIH would be forced to take the decision not to host the World Cup in India,” the release added.

Under pressure following India’s failure to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the IHF is apparently preoccupied with setting its house in order.

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