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India demands public apology from Belgium after criticism of hockey awards |  hockey

India demands public apology from Belgium after criticism of hockey awards | hockey

“Mockery”, “joke”, “not ordinary”. The fact that the Red Lions did not receive a single award at the FIH Hockey Awards after their gold medal in Tokyo was met with a lot of disbelief. And all the most prestigious hockey awards fell to India, the bronze medalist from Tokyo.

But in India, criticism of the Belgian hockey men was going in the wrong direction. The Indian Hockey Federation announced its displeasure in a letter to the International Hockey Federation.

Through this letter, we are asking CEO Thierry Weil to request a public official apology from the Belgian Federation for derogatory comments about the performance of Indian athletes and coaches.

“If this is not the case, we would like to refer this matter to the FIH Governance Committee for a thorough investigation of what constitutes discrimination,” said Gyanendro Ningupam, President.

The FIH has already announced that it will analyze whether the annual elections should be different in the future. “Honestly, I don’t know if there is an ideal process for this anyway,” says FIH Director Thierry Weil.

According to Weil, the surprising results came from the lack of votes from the National Societies. Only half of them voted.

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