Hockey India advised to carry recent elections for the put up of president

Vinayak Padmadeo

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 8

It appears the Sports Ministry has lastly determined to behave robust towards these National Sports Federations who’ve been flouting the National Sports Development Code – 2011.

The Ministry, via its under-secretary Raju Bagga, has requested Hockey India to carry recent elections because it deems M Mustaque Ahmed’s election for a 3rd time period a violation of the Sports Code.

Prior to taking on as HI president, as per information, Ahmed served two phrases at Hockey India — as treasurer in 2010-2014 and secretary basic in 2014-2018. Hockey India have additionally been advised that the brand new president’s time period will finish on September 30, 2020.

“… it has been observed that Md Mustaque Ahmed had earlier served as Treasurer in Hockey India (HI) from 2010-2014 and Secretary General from 2014-18. The instant term 2018-22 of Md Mustaque Ahmed as President of HI, is his third consecutive term as an office bearer in HI. Thus his election as President of HI is not in consonance with the Government guidelines limiting the age & tenure of office bearers of National Sports Federations,” Bagga stated in his letter dated July 6.

“Accordingly, HI is directed to advice Md Mustaque Ahmed to demit the post of President and to conduct fresh election for the post of President by 30.09.2020 for the remaining term i.e. up to 30.09.2022 and inform the same to the Department,” he added.

Interestingly, that is the second time Mustaque’s election has been questioned since he took over. In February final 12 months, an identical letter had been written to Hockey India by the Sports Ministry. In its reply, HI secretary basic Rajinder Singh had stated that since Hockey India was not recognised in 2010, the Ministry shouldn’t contemplate Mustaque’s tenure as treasurer as his first time period.

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