New Delhi, May 13 (UNI) Hardening its stand, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) today said any move by former Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) chief KPS Gill to convene an executive committee meeting of the suspended body would be considered illegal and void.
A bemused IOA chief Suresh Kalmadi wanted to know on what basis KPS Gill can call such a meeting, ''IHF is dissolved and a new five-member ad hoc body has taken over.'' Gill who ruled the IHF with iron hand for 14 years lost control of the body when IOA dissolved it on April 28 and replaced it with an ad hoc committee.
Kalmadi who heads the five member ad hoc commitee said, ''There is no recognition from the Indian Olympic Association, the International Hockey Federation and the government as well to KPS Gill and the body he headed once.'' IOA chief asserted that the ad hoc committee is functioning smoothly with full cooperation from the IOA and the government.
''These gimmicks (by Gill) will have no effect on the ad hoc body,'' Kalmadi said.
Meanwhile, the ad hoc selection committee chairman Aslam Sher Khan, dismissed KPS Gill's move saying it does not deserve any comment, it is just ''laughable''.
''It is high time that Mr Gill realises that he no longer heads the IHF, he should accept the fact that he has been sacked,'' Khan told UNI.
''By indulging in such cheap antics Gill is doing no good to himself or to his reputation. His (Gill's) attitude proves the reason behind the dismal state of affairs of Indian hockey,'' he said.
He said, ''the IOA and the government have taken the decision to sack him as there was no other way out after the sting operation.
Khan, however, added that ''if this meeting, convened by Gill, takes place at all, will let us know who are still with him.'' Couple of senior members of the dissolved IHF told UNI that they have invited by Mr Gill to attend the meeting which he has called here on Friday.
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