Under strain, Mushtaque Ahmad resigns as Hockey India head

New Delhi, July 10

Hockey India president Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad has resigned from his place citing private commitments, a growth that was anticipated after the Sports Ministry requested him to stop, declaring his election in violation of the nationwide sports activities code pointers.

Hockey India Executive Board named Manipur’s Gyanendro Nigombam, who was senior vice chairman within the federation, because the officiating president in Ahmad’s place.

“Hockey India Executive Board held an emergent meeting today and named Manipur’s Gyannendro Nigombam as the officiating president of Hockey India,” the nationwide physique mentioned in a press launch.

“This was following the resignation letter of Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad acquired by Hockey India on July 7 which cited private and household commitments as the explanations,” learn the discharge.

“In the meeting convened today, the resignation of Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad was accepted.”

The Sports Ministry had discovered that Ahmad had violated the tenure cap pointers of the code within the 2018 elections, when he took cost as HI president.

In a July 6 letter addressed to HI secretary common Rajinder Singh, the Ministry requested the federation “to conduct fresh election for the post of president” by September 30 for the remaining time period, i.e., “as much as 30.09.2022”.

“…the matter has been examined…and it has been observed that Mushtaque Ahmad had earlier served as treasurer in Hockey India from 2010-2014 and secretary general from 2014-2018. The instant term 2018-2022 of Mushtaque as president is his third consecutive term as office-bearer in HI,” the letter mentioned.

“Thus his election as president of HI is not in consonance with the government guidelines limiting age and tenure of office-bearers of National Sports Federations,” it added.

Under the Sports Code (of 2011), office-bearers of an NSF can have solely two consecutive phrases of 4 years every. But after later amendments, a president can maintain workplace for 3 phrases.

The election of Ahmad as HI president in 2018 has been a matter of controversy between the NSF and the Sports Ministry.

In an RTI reply, it was revealed that the Sports Ministry, in 2019, had held Ahmad’s election as HI president on October 1, 2018, in violation of the sports activities code as he had served as an office-bearer for 2 phrases.

In a letter on February 13, 2019, the Ministry requested Ahmad to demit workplace instantly and informed the HI to carry elections for president’s submit.

In response to this (on February 23, 2019), HI contended that the revised age and tenure pointers have been issued on May 1, 2010 and can’t be utilized retrospectively.

HI was not a recognised federation in 2010. It received recognition on February 28, 2014 and at that time limit, Ahmad was serving as a treasurer, having been elected to the submit in elections held on August 5, 2010.

He was elected as secretary common on October 13, 2014 earlier than turning into president in 2018.

HI mentioned the 2018 elections have been its second after recognition and Ahmad is presently serving his second time period as an office-bearer.

The Ministry, nevertheless, dominated that the rules “are applied at the time of granting recognition (in February 2014) and accordingly the tenure of office-bearer at the time of recognition is considered while examining the eligibility”. PTI

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