The Global Hockey Federation (FIH) will create a job pressure to paintings on its international awards variety procedure that led to “anger” and “sadness” this 12 months however its CEO Thierry Weil has asserted that the winners — they all Indians — wouldn’t were other even with out fanatics’ votes.
India swept the FIH annual awards remaining Wednesday, claiming all best honours in response to a balloting device which used to be lambasted as a “failure” through males’s Olympic champions Belgium, prompting the worldwide frame to mention that it will attempt to determine why some associations didn’t solid their poll.
Many from throughout hockey international puzzled whether it is truly a good suggestion to have fanatics balloting for an award which is supposed to outline the most efficient athletes and coaches from a technical standpoint.
Then again, the award winners crowned each and every of the balloting teams that still concerned the nationwide associations and media.
“Our total technique at FIH is to place athletes and fanatics on the centre of the whole lot we do. So, it is very important to provide fanatics an technique to specific their perspectives. If on this regard the present procedure is the proper one or no longer, is one thing we can want to analyse in fact,” Weil stated in an interview printed through FIH.
Votes from Nationwide Associations — represented through their respective captains and coaches — accounted for fifty consistent with cent of the full end result, whilst fanatics and avid gamers (25 consistent with cent) in addition to media (25 consistent with cent) made the opposite part of the votes.
It’s to be famous that handiest 19 associations from the 42-strong Ecu bloc solid their votes, in comparison to 29 out of 33 in Asia.
“…obviously we want to contain the fanatics by hook or by crook. In any case, because of this vote, we can have the ability to interact with virtually 300,000 fanatics. This isn’t handiest excellent for India – the place all these fanatics are coming from – however for the expansion of our recreation total and due to this fact the entire hockey group.
“Additionally, as we’ve discussed at the day of the vote, all profitable athletes have crowned the standings in each and every of the 3 balloting teams. In different phrases, even supposing fanatics wouldn’t have voted, the profitable athletes would were the similar.”
5 Indian avid gamers and the pinnacle coaches of each the lads’s and girls’s groups in Tokyo Olympics claimed the highest honours throughout other classes after fetching the utmost votes. The boys’s hockey crew had gained a bronze, its first in 41 years, on the Video games, whilst the ladies’s facet had completed an unheard of fourth within the showpiece.
Requested if the balloting procedure will stay the similar at some point, Weil mentioned forming a job pressure.
“I will’t solution this query earlier than we do a radical research. However I will let you know that we can paintings at the long run Stars Awards with the worldwide hockey group.
“We will be able to interact with many stakeholders to get a hold of a procedure which receives the reinforce of maximum, after which cross with it for subsequent 12 months.
“Those awards are right here to advertise hockey, athletes and coaches. It isn’t excellent for any one in the event that they result in controversy. I’ve already engaged with a couple of and can proceed to take action. We will be able to in all probability create a job pressure to take a look at this.”
He’s “satisfied” that everybody concerned with the sport will achieve consensus and rejoice those awards at some point.
Weil agreed that the absence of avid gamers from the Olympic gold medallists groups had been certain to reason sadness and anger.
“If, in an Olympic 12 months, the gold medallists don’t win any award and every other country will get they all, it’s transparent that this gained’t come throughout neatly. Due to this fact, I in fact do perceive the discontentment and likewise, to some degree, the anger, particularly of the groups involved.
“On the similar time, I wish to congratulate the winners. They had been all nominated through a professional committee fabricated from FIH, FIH Athletes Committee and prime efficiency representatives and due to this fact had been as a lot entitled because the others to win.
“And each Indian groups had an incredible efficiency on the Olympic Video games Tokyo 2020. I suppose that the herbal pleasure which they must rightly really feel through profitable such an award could have been altered through all this, and that’s not great both,” Weil stated.
India’s Harmanpreet Singh gained the lads’s Participant of the Yr award and Gurjit Kaur used to be recognised as the most efficient participant within the girls’s segment.
Veteran P R Sreejesh and Savita Punia gained the most efficient goalkeeper awards within the males’s and girls’s segment, whilst younger striker Sharmila Devi (girls) and Vivek Sagar Prasad (males) had been adjudged absolute best emerging stars.
When requested whether or not the present balloting procedure is true, Weil stated it comes to the sport’s stakeholders regardless that he didn’t name it the perfect one. He additionally stated the balloting procedure used to be kind of the similar remaining 12 months too.
“There have been two variations. We made it obligatory for the nationwide associations that their votes must come from their nationwide crew coaches and captains; I consider that everyone will agree that this used to be the proper factor to do with the intention to build up the technical legitimacy of the vote.
“Secondly, the balloting procedure for the coaches used to be the similar as the only for the athletes this time (whilst the FIH Trainer of the Yr Award used to be made up our minds through an FIH panel in the past).”
Weil used to be requested why virtually part of the nationwide associations (NAs) didn’t take the chance to vote.
“I’ve in my view contacted a number of contributors of the hockey group to warn them about this example, and I do know they had been energetic.
“However nonetheless, many nationwide associations didn’t solid their vote. Obviously this had through a long way the most important have an effect on at the effects. In case you arrange a jury however part of this jury doesn’t vote, how are you able to be expecting that folks will unanimously settle for the consequences?
“In our research, we can have to determine why this example came about.”