Hockey back in priority list, Ajit Pal, Zafar Iqbal named observers

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New Delhi, Apr 23 (UNI) Tightening its grip, the Sports Ministry today named former Olympians Ajit Pal Singh and Zafar Iqbal as government observers in the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) while upgrading Hockey in the priority list.

Ajit Pal and Zafar Iqbal will act as Government Observers in the Selection Committee of the IHF replacing R S Bhola and Miss Rupa Saini.

The two former skippers will also oversee, guide and assist the IHF for the promotion and development of Hockey. They will also keep close watch on all selection process.

Besides Hockey (men) seven other sports disciplines have been upgraded from General or others to 'Priority Category'.

The disciplines are, Football, Swimming, Basketball, Cycling, Volleyball, School Games and University Games.

The re-categorization of above sports disciplines to higher category will make them eligible for greater international exposure.

For the games, which have been upgraded from 'Others' category to 'Priority' category will be entitled for an additional benefit of engaging foreign coaches.

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