Thursday February 28, 2013
FIH president says there is no match-fixing in hockey
KUALA LUMPUR: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) claim that hockey is free from match-fixing — but not doping.
“Hockey is safe and hockey is clean. It is the selling point of the sport. It’s the cleanest sport,” said FIH president Leandro Negre, who is here for a two-day visit.
“However, there is the possibility of doping among individuals who use drugs, in social, but not in international matches.”
Negre, who was in New Delhi for the second round of the men’s and women’s World League which ended on Sunday, said that it had been a big success.
“For the first time, we get to watch lower ranked teams like Fiji and Oman featuring in an international tournament. And that’s good for the sport.” he said.
“It was also good to see Bangladesh (world No. 40) upset 18th-ranked China 3-2 in the competition.”
He said that FIH’s ultimate goal was to make Asia a powerhouse in hockey.
“Besides Europe, the only other continent good in hockey is Asia ... we want the sport to grow in every part of Asia,” he said.
Negre confirmed that the number of teams for the 2018 World Cup has been increased to 16 from the present 12.
Next year’s World Cup in The Hague, Holland, will remain at 12.