Ambedkar hockey tournament halted for next 2 days

September 9, 2019, Pune

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It was expected that 28 teams will be seen in action during the 31st Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar All India hockey tournament which commenced from August 30 at Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex in Balewadi. Only six teams turned up. The tournament started on the wrong foot since day one as after two days (August 30 and 31), the tournament was halted for the next two days.

Organisers had not taken permission from Hockey India (HI) to conduct the all India hockey tournament. On September 3, the tournament resumed, but it was termed illegal as Hockey India has denied permission to organisers.

To conduct the tournament, the organisers need prior permission from Hockey India. As the organisers sought permission between the event, Hockey India declined their request. In all the mess, the tournament is still going on with six teams — Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh; Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh; Bhopal; Chandigarh; Royal Hockey Hyderabad and Uttar Pradesh. Sharad Roch, the tournament director, claimed that “the Pune team did not participate in the tournament owing to pressure from Hockey Maharashtra”.