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    Hockey: HI, IHF agree to merge

    New Delhi: Adhering to the Sports Ministry's proposal, Hockey India (HI)and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF)on Monday agreed to merge as one body, thus ending a long-standing tussle between the two warring factions.

    The decision was taken after a meeting held between the two parties at the Ministry's headquarters here.

    The Ministry had last week issued an ultimatum to the two bodies asking them to merge by July 25, falling to which could have led the Ministry inform the Supreme Court about the development.

    "I will not wait beyond July 25. We have called for a meeting with HI and IHF on July 25. A decision would certainly come out by then," Sports Minister Ajay Maken had said.

    "We are calling the two bodies to give it a last try on merger but this will be the last meeting. If nothing comes out of it, then we will take a decision on our own and inform the Supreme Court," he had added.

    The merger talks between HI and IHF fell apart a few days back, following a series of meetings in the presence of sports ministry officials.

    Incidentally, the merger talks that seemed to be heading towards a positive conclusion since the start of the meetings had hit a roadblock with the IHF coming up with some new demands in the last minute.