HI Reacts To Belgium's Adverse Comments On Indians Sweeping FIH Awards

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Hockey India said objections by Belgium needs to beryllium cautiously examined by the FIH Governance Panel.© Twitter

Hockey India (HI) has asserted that Belgium's nationalist look of displeasure connected Indians sweeping the FIH yearly awards is thing abbreviated of "racial discrimination" and the satellite assemblage should initiate a thorough probe into the matter. In a strongly-worded missive to International Hockey Federation (FIH) CEO Thierry Weil, HI President Gyanendro Ningombam said that Belgium and its players questioning the voting strategy was disrespectful towards the Indian winners and demeaning their achievements. "The nationalist statements of displeasure astatine the announcement of the Indian winners is highly disrespectful and not successful the tone of sportsmanship and the athletics of hockey," Ningombam wrote successful the letter.

"The objections connected behalf of Belgium Federation for 2021 winners needs to beryllium cautiously examined by the FIH Governance Panel for what is considered by myself arsenic a lawsuit of discrimination/racial discrimination."

Ningombam said the lndian players and coaches person legitimately won the polls successful astir cases crossed each categories but the accomplishment has been wholly undermined by antagonistic comments by chap athletes and nationalist associations.

"... however humiliating, mentally traumatic and insulting it is to the Indian athletes and coaches. Hockey India cannot basal by and let the efforts and achievements of Indian athletes and coaches to beryllium questioned successful this manner...," helium said.

"ls it just that the hard enactment and efforts of these athletes are being scrutinised and they are being enactment done specified harassment and intelligence intimidation?" helium asked.

India swept the FIH yearly awards connected October 6, claiming each the apical honours based connected a voting strategy which was lambasted arsenic a "failure" by men's Olympic champions Belgium, prompting the FIH to accidental that it would effort to fig wherefore immoderate associations did not formed their ballot.

Five Indian players and the caput coaches of some the men's and women's teams successful Tokyo claimed the apical honours crossed antithetic categories aft fetching the maximum votes.

The men's hockey squad had won a bronze, its archetypal successful 41 years, successful the Tokyo Olympics, portion the women's broadside had finished an unprecedented 4th successful the showpiece.

The HI president asked Weil to petition the Belgium federation to contented an authoritative nationalist apology for the "demeaning" comments connected the achievements of the lndian players and coaches connected societal media.

"If not, notation this substance to the FIH Governance Panel for thorough probe into what is discrimination/racial favoritism against the lndian athletes and coaches."

After Belgium questioned the voting system, the FIH had pointed retired that the Indian grant winners topped each of the voting groups that besides progressive the nationalist associations and media. It had besides said that lone 19 associations from the 42-strong European bloc formed their votes, compared to 29 retired of 33 successful Asia.

Votes from National Associations -- represented by their respective captains and coaches -- accounted for 50 per cent of the wide result, portion fans and players (25 per cent) arsenic good arsenic media (25 per cent) made the different fractional of the votes.

"Hockey lndia made large efforts to guarantee bully information crossed each categories from our state and present consciousness publically penalised for the afloat hearted information and enactment of the lndian nominees.

"It is disappointing that the Belgium Federation would similar to question the voting strategy and the legitimacy of the lndian winners past really instrumentality work for not encouraging much voting and supporting their athletes successful the archetypal place.

"The halfway of the substance is that these nationalist associations request to archetypal introspect to spot their existent level of information and involvement close from the commencement alternatively of present questioning the strategy erstwhile results are announced not successful their favour."

He besides pointed retired that Belgium federation had secured winners aft the 2016 Rio Olympics adjacent though they finished 2nd and golden medal winning Argentine squad did not get a azygous award.

"All awards successful men (after 2016 Olympics) went to Belgium, past determination was nary questioning of the voting system," helium said.


Ningombam besides said "it's shameful that European Hockey Federation is sitting quiescent and not taking work for the deficiency of activation and seriousness successful voting by their Member Associations portion besides allowing their athletes and Member Associations undermine the results and showing disrespect to the winners".

Weil had connected Monday said that the FIH would make a task unit to enactment connected its planetary awards enactment process but asserted that the winners wouldn't person been antithetic adjacent without fans' votes.

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