Hockey India (HI) has asserted that Belgium’s public expression of displeasure on Indians sweeping the FIH annual awards is little short of “racial discrimination” and the sector frame must start up a radical investigation into the topic.
In a strongly-worded letter to World Hockey Federation (FIH) CEO Thierry Weil, HI President Gyanendro Ningombam mentioned that Belgium and its gamers wondering the vote casting gadget was once disrespectful in opposition to the Indian winners and demeaning their achievements.
“The general public statements of displeasure on the announcement of the Indian winners is very disrespectful and now not within the spirit of sportsmanship and the game of hockey,” Ningombam wrote within the letter.
“The objections on behalf of Belgium Federation for 2021 winners must be sparsely tested via the FIH Governance Panel for what is regarded as on my own as a case of discrimination/racial discrimination.”
“Insult to Indian athletes and coaches”
Ningombam mentioned the lndian gamers and coaches have legitimately received the polls most often throughout all classes however the fulfillment has been utterly undermined via adverse feedback via fellow athletes and nationwide associations.
“… how 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 Indian athletes and coaches to be puzzled on this method…,” he mentioned.
“ls it truthful that the laborious paintings and efforts of those athletes are being scrutinised and they’re being put via such harassment and psychological intimidation?” he requested.
India swept the FIH annual awards on October 6, claiming the entire best honours in keeping with a vote casting gadget which was once lambasted as a “failure” via males’s Olympic champions Belgium, prompting the FIH to mention that it could attempt to determine why some associations didn’t solid their poll.
5 Indian gamers and the pinnacle coaches of each the lads’s and ladies’s groups in Tokyo claimed the highest honours throughout other classes after fetching the utmost votes. The boys’s hockey workforce had received a bronze, its first in 41 years, within the Tokyo Olympics, whilst the ladies’s facet had completed an unparalleled fourth within the showpiece.
The HI president requested Weil to request the Belgium federation to factor an reputable public apology for the “demeaning” feedback at the achievements of the lndian gamers and coaches on social media.
“If now not, refer this topic to the FIH Governance Panel for thorough investigation into what’s discrimination/racial discrimination towards the lndian athletes and coaches.”
After Belgium puzzled the vote casting gadget, the FIH had identified that the Indian award winners crowned each and every of the vote casting teams that still concerned the nationwide associations and media.
It had additionally mentioned that best 19 associations from the 42-strong Ecu bloc solid their votes, in comparison to 29 out of 33 in Asia.
Votes from Nationwide Associations — represented via their respective captains and coaches — accounted for fifty consistent with cent of the full end result, whilst fanatics and gamers (25 consistent with cent) in addition to media (25 consistent with cent) made the opposite part of the votes.
No person puzzled the gadget in 2016: HI leader
“Hockey India made nice efforts to verify excellent participation throughout all classes from our nation and now really feel publicly penalised for the full-hearted participation and strengthen of the Indian nominees.
“It’s disappointing that the Belgium Federation would like to query the vote casting gadget and the legitimacy of the lndian winners then in truth take accountability for now not encouraging extra vote casting and supporting their athletes within the first position.
“The core of the topic is that those nationwide associations wish to first introspect to peer their exact stage of participation and pastime proper from the beginning as a substitute of now wondering the gadget as soon as effects are introduced now not of their favour.”
He additionally identified that Belgium federation had secured winners after the 2016 Rio Olympics even supposing they completed 2d and gold medal successful Argentine workforce didn’t get a unmarried award.
“All awards in males (after 2016 Olympics) went to Belgium, then there was once no wondering of the vote casting gadget,” he mentioned.
Ningombam additionally mentioned “it is shameful that Ecu Hockey Federation 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”.
Weil had on Monday mentioned that the FIH would create a job power to paintings on its international awards variety procedure however asserted that the winners do not need been other even with out fanatics’ votes.