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Indian sports law update - 10 March 2014 Published 10 March 2014 By: Manali Kulkarni, Sean Cottrell

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Hockey India recognized as the National Sports Federation for hockey

According to a Times of India article, the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, has decided that Hockey India (HI) may be given recognition as the “National Sports Federation for governing the sport of hockey (both men and women) in India."

The Sports Ministry decided on this matter on February 28, and HI formally released the Sports Ministry’s recognition letter on Monday, March 3. HI will now be responsible for promoting Indian hockey both nationally and internationally.

Business Standard article explained that, according to guidelines, any National Sports Body must be recognized by both the international federation and the national Olympic association. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) as well as the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) have recognized HI since 2009. HI and FIH have planned many major tournaments together since 2012, such as “FIH Olympic Qualifiers, FIH World League Round 2, FIH Junior Men's World Cup and FIH World League Round Final.

The Sports Ministry’s decision for HI appears to bring an end to the dispute between HI and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) in its fight “against HI over the control of the sport in the country.” (See previous blog for further details on the HI-IHF dispute)

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Manali Kulkarni

Manali Kulkarni

Manali is currently a second year (2L) JD Candidate at the University of Maine School of Law. She was previously the COO at LawInSport and continues to be an executive contributor of the editorial board for LawInSport. She holds an LLM in Sports Law from Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent University). During the fall of her second year in Portland, Maine, Manali also had the opportunity to be the legal intern at Global Sports Advocates.

Manali previously researched on sports and society in India, specifically focusing on the influence of sport on the gender divide in India. She joined LawInSport in September 2013 as a research assistant providing updates on Indian sports law. She is currently back in her hometown, Memphis, Tennessee, for a visiting semester at the University of Memphis School of Law.

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