A delegation from the International Hockey Federation (FIH) is in the capital to discuss the way forward and avoid possible suspension of Hockey India, which is currently under the Committee of Administrators.
A two-member delegation led by newly appointed Acting President Saif Ahmad arrived at HI on Monday for an urgent meeting to assess the progress made with regard to the adoption of the new constitution.
India will host the 2023 Men’s Men’s the world Cup.
The FIH delegation is scheduled to hold a meeting with the three-member CoA appointed by the Delhi High Court on Wednesday.
The delegation is also scheduled to meet top officials of the host Odisha government for next year’s World Cup, as well as senior officials of the Sports Ministry.
The FIH had last month sought a “detailed timeline” from the CoA on adopting the revised constitution and holding fresh elections at HI.
If HI fails to adopt a Sports A constitution that complies with the code at the earliest runs the risk of the country losing hosting rights to the World Cup, which will be held from January 13 to 29.
According to a source, necessary amendments to the HI constitution have already been made and the sports body’s executive board elections are expected to be held on October 1.
“The CoA members are scheduled to meet the FIH delegation on Wednesday. As per the orders of the Delhi High Court, amendments have been made to the HI constitution and it will be placed before the FIH on Wednesday,” the source told PTI.
“As per orders of the Delhi High Court, some amendments, such as removal of illegal posts, needed to be made in the HI Constitution to bring it in line with the National Sports Code, which has been done. Now the FIH has to ensure that it is in line with their constitution.
“CoA is in no mood to stop there, and plans to hold HI executive board elections by October 1,” he added.
A delegation from the world body met senior Sports Ministry officials on Tuesday and is set to visit next year’s World Cup host cities Bhubaneswar and Rourkela on Thursday and Friday to oversee preparations.
He will also hold discussions with senior officials of the Odisha government, including Vinil Krishna, Secretary, Sports and Youth Services, and Naveen Patnaik, Special Secretary to the Chief Minister.
In addition to the FIH’s acting president, the world body’s delegation includes CEO Thierry Weil.
The FIH CEO said last month that he was hopeful of hosting the World Cup in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.