The FIH Hockey Stars Awards controversy took a brand new activate Wednesday with Hockey India (HI) writing a strongly worded letter to the global hockey federation (FIH) looking for an apology from Hockey Belgium for its complaint after Indian avid gamers and coaches swept the accolades.
“We’re soliciting for FIH CEO Mr. Thierry Weil to both kindly request the Belgium federation to factor an legit public apology for the demeaning feedback at the achievements of the Indian athletes and coaches on social media and if now not then refer this subject to the FIH Governance Panel for thorough investigation into what’s discrimination/racial discrimination in opposition to Indian athletes and coaches,” HI president Gyanendro Ningombam wrote within the letter, accessed via HT.
On October 6, a furore erupted within the hockey international after Indian avid gamers and coaches received the entire 8 awards. A number of best avid gamers hit out at FIH’s vote casting gadget, ridiculing it on social media.
International No.1 and international champions Belgium (they received gold on the Tokyo Olympics with India claiming bronze) represented via their federation expressed sadness over the “failure of the vote casting gadget” after none in their avid gamers received any award regardless of the Tokyo triumph. “This isn’t commonplace! The credibility and symbol of our game is as soon as once more dealing with exhausting instances. It’s a pity,” stated the tweet at the Belgium workforce care for.
The HI remark stated: “We imagine that the general public statements of displeasure on the announcement of the Indian winners is extremely disrespectful and now not within the spirit of sportsmanship. Hockey India made nice efforts to verify just right participation throughout all classes from our nation and now really feel publicly penalised for the full-hearted participation and strengthen of the Indian nominees.”
Regardless that the FIH awards have been established in 1998, India received for the primary time simplest remaining yr, in 3 of the 8 classes.
“It’s disappointing that the Belgium federation would like to query the vote casting gadget and the legitimacy of the Indian winners than in reality take accountability for now not encouraging extra vote casting and supporting their athletes within the first position. The core of the subject is that those nationwide associations want to first introspect to peer their exact stage of participation and hobby proper from the beginning as a substitute of now wondering the gadget as soon as effects are introduced now not of their favour,” wrote Ningombam.
For the awards, 50% of the votes come from nationwide associations—represented via captains and coaches, 25% from media and 25% from enthusiasts and avid gamers. Considerably, simplest 79 of the 138 nationwide our bodies voted—Africa (11 voted out of 25), Europe (19 out of 42), Oceania (3 out of 8) and Pan The us (17 out of 30). Asia (29 out of 33) had the most productive proportion.
“It’s shameful by contrast that the Eu Hockey Federation (EHF) is sitting quiet and now not taking accountability for the loss of activation and seriousness in vote casting via their Member Associations whilst additionally permitting their athletes and Member Associations undermine the consequences and appearing disrespect to the winners. Indian athletes have legitimately received the polls but the shine of profitable has been utterly undermined via such unfavorable feedback via fellow athletes and Nationwide Associations. Is it honest that those athletes are being put via such harassment and psychological intimidation?” Ningombam’s remark stated.
“The objections on behalf of the Belgium federation want to be in moderation tested via the FIH Governance Panel for what is regarded as alone as a case of discrimination/racial discrimination, and the way humiliating, mentally annoying and insulting it’s to the Indian athletes and coaches. Hockey India can not stand via and make allowance the efforts and achievements of the Indian athletes and coaches to be wondered on this way.”
There have been reviews that the votes of a file 300,000 enthusiasts—a big bite from the Indian subcontinent—can have helped the Indian nominees win, particularly within the euphoria following the Olympics. FIH CEO Weil although stated on Monday that the winners would have remained the similar even with out the votes of the enthusiasts. He has stated FIH is more likely to create a role power to appear into the awards gadget.