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Hockey India evaluates conduct violations and Jadeja’s misconduct appeal heard

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Monday, 11 August 2014 By Manali Kulkarni
This week’s Indian sports law update provides a summary of the Hockey India’s1 (HI’s)Athletes and Members Disciplinary/Disputes Committee2 meetings, held to evaluate four separate incidents that breached Hockey India’s Code of Conduct3. The meetings resulted in players, coaches, and support staff being banned, and resignation requests being issued. The update concludes by revisiting the cricket related Jadeja-Anderson misconduct case4 for developments from the August 1st hearings.

Hockey India’s Disciplinary Committee addresses Code of Conduct violations

At the end of July, HI held four Athletes and Members Disciplinary/ Disputes Committee meetings to evaluate four violations under the HI Code of Conduct.

First violation

Tripura Hockey5 selected five female players for the 4th Hockey India Sub-Junior Women National Championship (B Division), which took place from May 15-25 2014 in Haldwani, Uttarakhand. The five chosen players were not, however, from within the State of Tripura’s jurisdiction. In this situation, Tripura Hockey should have obtained a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from HI, the national federation, before proceeding with such a selection.6

After unanswered warnings and reminders to the Working President, Senior Vice President, and General Secretary of Tripura Hockey, the HI Committee decided to propose that Tripura Hockey’s leadership resign because of the lack of efforts to resolve this incident and for not having a NOC in their possession. Article 3 of Hockey India’s Code of Conduct states: “Players and Officials are required to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Hockey India before playing for any foreign team/club etc other than Hockey India or their register Member Unit.7 The section titled, Breaches of Code and Sanctions8, in HI’s Code of Conduct explains that HI will take appropriate action after a breach of the Code has been reported.

It should be noted that , under Article 4, “Issuing No-Objection Certificates9, of the International Hockey Federation (FIH)10 “Regulations on Sanctioned and Unsanctioned Events”, all decisions with regard to issuing NOCs are left to the discretion of the National Association.


Second violation

The second issue concerned Mr. Kukoo Walia, Vice-Chairman of Hockey India Umpire, Technical, and Competitions Committee, who tampered with the results of physical test (beep test) of two international umpires from July 2, 2014. Details about fitness requirements for umpires and specifics on the beep test are outlined under Article 6, “Fitness, of the FIH’s International Umpires Handbook11. Mr. Walia manipulated the results to benefit the two umpires. Since, then


Third violation

In the third issue, Hockey India’s Committee also confirmed that, starting July 27, 2014, a three-month ban will be imposed on Ramesh N, a ICF Chennai player, for violating HI’s Code of Conduct. Ramesh’s violation occurred on May 26, 2014 during the the Laxmi Ammal Memorial 6th All India Hockey Tournament 2014 between ICF Chennai and Pioneer Core Training Centre Bangalore.12


Fourth violation

The fourth and final violation discussed occurred on June 18, 2014 during the 92nd All India Trades Cup Hockey Tournament 2014 when the coach, manager, and five players of Punjab Police hockey team13 behaved inappropriately with the match officials, by abusing, and later threatening the officials after the match.14

Article 815 of the HI Code of Conduct establishes the standard of behavior expected of all players and officials, warning against abusing Officials. When teams do not agree with the Match Official’s decision, the HI Code of Conduct directs the teams to follow, Article 13, which states: “Be respectful to tournament organizers and officials, accepting their decisions and using the formal protest and appeal process where there is disagreement.16

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Manali Kulkarni

Manali Kulkarni

Manali is currently a fourth year JD Candidate at the University of Maine School of Law. She was 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). She is currently the legal extern for the Professional Collegiate League, and also serves as an intern for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 

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