The Sports Ministry has asked Hockey India (HI) president Mushtaque Ahmad to step down, declaring that his 2018 election was violative of the national sports code’s tenure guidelines.

In a July 6 letter addressed to HI secretary general Rajinder Singh, the Ministry asked the federation “to conduct fresh election for the post of president” by September 30 for the remaining term, that is, “upto 30.09.2022…”.

“…the matter has been examined…and it has been observed that Mushtaque Ahmed had earlier served as treasurer in Hockey India from 2010-2014 and secretary general from 2014-2018. The instant term 2018-2022 of Mushtaque as president is his third consecutive term as office-bearer in HI,” the letter said.

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