Hockey India President Mohammad Mushtaque Ahmed has resigned from his post following orders from the Sports Ministry. His resignation has been approved by the Executive Board of Hockey India. The board has appointed Manipur’s Gyanendra Ningombam as the Officiating President until the election of the new president. Mushtaque submitted his resignation to the executive board on 7 July, a day after the order of the ministry. His resignation was approved at the emergency board meeting on Friday.
Mushtaque stepped down citing personal reasons:
“Hockey India is happy to welcome Mr. Gyanendro Ningombam as the Officiating President of Hockey India.” Mushtaque sent his resignation to Hockey India on 7 July. He cited personal and family commitments behind his resignation. The Sports Ministry had found that Ahmed had violated the Sports Code Guidelines in the 2018 elections. He held the post of president after these elections.
The Ministry of Sports sent a letter for resignation on 6 July
The Ministry of Sports sent a letter on 6 July asking Mushtaque Ahmed to resign from the post. The ministry said in its order that their election in 2018 is a violation of the guidelines of the National Sports Code. At the same time, the Sports Ministry in a letter sent to Hockey India Secretary General Rajinder Singh on July 6, asked for fresh elections for the post of President by September 30.
Only the chairman can hold the post for three consecutive terms:
Under the National Sports Code (2011), Sports Federation officials can hold office for 4-4 years in a row. However, only the chairman can complete three consecutive terms after the amendment. There is a dispute between the Federation and the Sports Ministry on the issue since Ahmed became the chairman in 2018. In response to an RTI, the Sports Ministry had termed Ahmed’s election as Hockey India President in October 2018 a violation of the Sports Code.
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