Hockey India (HI) accorded status of National Sports Federation (NSF) status
Hockey India (HI) has accorded with the status of a National Sports Federation (NSF) for governing the sport of hockey (both men and women) in India. It will represent India in International events.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports declared Hockey India as the sole body responsible and accountable for the overall management, direction, control, regulation, promotion and development of the sports discipline in India.
Hockey India will have to follow the guidelines of the Government and National Sports Development Code to get assistance and continued recognition.
How Hockey India got National Sports Federation (NSF) status?
To be recognized as a National Sports Federation, any institution or body needs to be recognized by its international body.
- Hockey India’s recognition was mandatory by International Hockey Federation (FIH), as well as the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
- Since 2009, HI has fulfilled both the criteria as the FIH, Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) and IOA have considered it as the sole body responsible for the governance of the game in India.
- Since 2012, HI and FIH have jointly organized major tournaments viz. the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, FIH World League Round 2, FIH Junior Men World Cup and FIH World League Round Final in India.
- HI has also been conducting nationals in all the categories since 2011.
Note: Earlier, the Sports Ministry had derecognized it for not adhering to government guidelines.