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These results are good or bad for Mumbai hockey remains to be seen as the new committee is yet to start functioning.

Written by Shailendra Awasthi | Mumbai |
July 1, 2009 7:08:57 am

After the bitter election campaign and an acrimonious poll day that ended in allegations of rigging,a new set of official bearers will be at the helm of Mumbai Hockey Association. Though,it was a clean sweep that saw the new body come to power,the all-important position of the secretary is still held by Keher Singh,the man who was seen as the enemy No.1 by the challengers.

A few winners and losers spoke toShailendra Awasthi about MHA’s function after the chaotic elections.

I will go to meetings with a positive mind
M M Somaya
(Winning,Committee Member)

These results are good or bad for Mumbai hockey remains to be seen as the new committee is yet to start functioning. As far as these elections are concerned I wasn’t much involved from the beginning,I was just asked to stand for election only few days before the voting.

But I’m aware of the bitterness with which the elections were fought. I know there will be hurdles but I believe in tackling things with open mind. So I will go for the committee meetings with a positive frame of mind. I know one thing if some proposal is good for the sport,I see no reason why there won’t be consensus among the members.

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The result is not for the game in the city
Mir Ranjan Negi:
(Losing committee member)

I feel it’s a very confusing mandate for sport in the city. I believe it would have been better if either of the factions managed a total sweep. Both the parties have their own vision to improve the sport in the city and a full mandate would have certainly helped them in implementing their programmers easily. I think such a result is not good either for them and or for the game in the city.

But let’s hope that better sense will prevail and even with the differences between secretary and rest of the committee members,the elected representatives will have a consensus for the betterment of the sport.

Will try to do what we have promised
Joaquim Carvalho:
(Winning committee member)

Such a mandate is bad for the sport. It doesn’t speak well for the city’s hockey and gives a wrong message. But we will still try to do what we had promised to the members and the hockey lovers. As far as working of the managing committee is concerned,we will try to introduce our ideas within the framework of the constitution of the MHA. Though,we don’t expect much co-operation from the secretary,I believe if we put forth right proposals which are good for the sport,I see no reason for conflict.


I hope kids are still allowed to use turf
Clarence Lobo:

(Losing committee member)
The results are certainly not good for the city hockey but I’m happy that secretary Keher Singh is still holding his chair. He is the man who allowed kids to practice on the synthetic court of the MHA and that should not be stopped.

Of course,there will be tussle in implementing various programmes in the committee but as long as Kehar Singh is there I’m sure he will still manage to keep the doors of the astro-turf open for the kids. I have been involved with junior hockey and I know how smart our kids are. I’m sure Kehar Singh will find ways to implement more kid’s friendly programmes.


Secretary’s election was not fair
Gurbux Singh:
(Losing candidate for secretary post)

We are certainly not happy with the results as it is not in favour of city hockey. We have strong objections to the election of the secretary.

However,if he still manages to stay even after we exhaust our legal option to remove him or seek re-election,we will try to ensure his co-operation in implementing our programmers. Though I’m not in the committee,I know something which is good for the sport in the city in general.

We have experience of facing Keher Singh Ranjit Dalvi
Winning committee member)

We have no experience of facing him during the committee meetings. We,therefore,do not expect any co-operation from him but will try to do our best to improve the sport in city. We will see how the secretary behaves; our reactions will depend on that.

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First published on: 01-07-2009 at 07:08:57 am

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