New Delhi,22 aPR:Following is the statement of Dr M.S.Gill, Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports in the wake of incident concerning hockey shown on television last night:“The incident seen on television last night, was most unfortunate for our Hockey, and distressed every Indian. I indicated immediately, the necessity for Shri Jothikumaran, to resign from his office as Secretary General of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). He has done so. I do not agree, with the IHF President’s formulation, that his resignation, is till the enquiry clearance. Shri Jothikumaran has been Secretary General since 1994, & faith in him has now been shattered.
Since yesterday, I have agonized long over the IHF. Its recent disaster in Chile, is still fresh in every Indian mind. Now, trust and faith in fair selection, is shaken. I believe, in the totality of the situation, the IHF President, must also introspect, and review his position. In full consideration of the situation facing Indian Hockey, and the national need, I urge him, to consider withdrawing from his current responsibility. It is time to let other Indians, make an attempt, to lift our Hockey.”