Legal notice to ad-hoc committee

The IOA’s ad-hoc committee for hockey has been served a legal notice for the absence of sponsor Sahara’s logo from the national team’s uniform.

Written by Uthra Ganesan | Chandigarh | Published:February 8, 2009 11:51 pm

The IOA’s ad-hoc committee for hockey has been served a legal notice for the absence of sponsor Sahara’s logo from the national team’s uniform. As a result,the Indian team took to the field against New Zealand in the Gold Cup with a small white patch on their jerseys. The patch was to hide TK — the manufacturers of Indian kits for the tournament — in line with the legal notice.

“The Calcutta High Court order restraining the use of any other logo or sponsor’s name on the Indian jerseys,as per the agreement signed in August 2003 (and valid 2011) between the federation and Sahara,was served to the ad-hoc committee this morning,” said SS Dasgupta,chairman of Leisure Sports Management,who were instrumental in getting the deal finalised.

“Since it wasn’t possible to get new kits with the Sahara logo in such a short time,the team will play with no name on their jerseys. If they don’t,they can be charged for contempt of court,” he said,adding that the matter will be up for disposal on Tuesday.

Ad-hoc committee convenor Mohd Aslam Khan,however,claimed there was no such restraint and said that notices have been served from either side. “They haven’t given us the money. The moment they give it to us,we will put Sahara logo on the jerseys,” he said,adding that there was no other logo printed. But he could not explain the white patch.

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