IHF still enjoys support, claims Gill

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New Delhi, Sep 17 (UNI) Ousted Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) chief KPS Gill today asserted that he still he enjoys the support of most of the state associations and elections will be held after the court verdict on the suspension issue.

''All the state associations are interested and today's annual general meeting (AGM) was attended by more or less 20 member associations. Our constitution makes it mandatory for us to hold the AGM,'' Gill told mediapersons after the meeting.

''We discussed routine matters and decided to resume our activities. We also discussed matters relating to elections and we will be waiting for a few days to take a decision on that. We will see that elections are conducted at the earliest, once the Delhi High Court gives its verdict,'' he added.

Gill had filed a petition in the High Court challenging the dissolution of the IHF by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) which will come up for on December 4.

''I am confident that everything will be proved in court hearing on December 4,'' he said. ''The ultimate decision has to be taken according to Indian laws and not by international laws.'' The former Punjab cop reiterated that legally, he is still the at the helm of Indian hockey.

''Whatever IOA has done is illegal but we are doing everything legally. Till date no court has said that IHF is a defunct body,'' he stated. ''The court has given IOA four weeks time to submit the affidavit, but till date they haven't done so. Now, they have only four or five days left in hand.'' Gill also added that the IHF will resume its activities in November with a sub-junior tournament in Chandigarh.

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