New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narendra Batra has backed Hockey India’s decision to withdraw from the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams have decided to withdraw from the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Birmingham from July 2 to August next year. The teams are focusing on the 2022 Asian Games, which will be held in Hangzhou, China from September 10 to 25.
The IOA president said Hockey India had decided not to send a team to the CWG and pointed out that India would easily qualify for the Paris Games if it won the Asia Cup.
“For hockey, if you win the Asian Games, you can qualify for the Olympics. If the men’s and women’s teams can’t win gold medals here, then they have to choose the Olympic qualifying route,” Batra told ANI.
“Two days after the CWG, the Asian Games will be held and the players need to rest at that time. So the players will be without practice.
“Playing hockey takes you away, so we shouldn’t put pressure on our players. We can’t expect them to reach the top twice in a month,” he added.
As the Asian Games are a continental qualifying event for the Paris Olympics 2024, Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams must be at their best when participating in the Asian Games in September 2022.
It is a priority to win a gold medal at the 2022 Asian Games, thus qualifying directly for the Paris Olympic Games. This will give the teams about 2 years to fully prepare for the Olympics.
Batra also spoke about the soon-to-be-held IOA election and said that only ‘sports’ have won the election. “We have a provision in the IOA constitution to create an immediate body. In that body, a representative from the IOA, a representative from the State Olympic Association and a complainant from the National Federation will resolve the issue,” Batra said.
“There are some complaints from the state Olympic Federation about handball, fencing, kho kho so we will stop all this,” he added.
Talking about plans to expand hockey, Batra said, “We are confident of launching the Hockey India League by 2022 or 202 by. Market sentiment has also declined due to the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic.


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