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Winners would have remained identical with out followers’ participation: FIH CEO on Indians sweeping hockey awards

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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) will create a job power to work on its world awards choice course of that triggered “anger” and “disappointment” this 12 months however its CEO Thierry Weil has asserted that the winners — all of them Indians — wouldn’t have been totally different even with out followers’ votes.
India swept the FIH annual awards final Wednesday, claiming all prime honours based mostly on a voting system which was lambasted as a “failure” by males’s Olympic champions Belgium, prompting the worldwide physique to say that it might attempt to determine why some associations didn’t solid their poll.
Many from throughout hockey world questioned whether it is actually a good suggestion to have followers voting for an award which is supposed to outline one of the best athletes and coaches from a technical perspective.
However, the award winners topped every of the voting teams that additionally concerned the nationwide associations and media.
“Our overall strategy at FIH is to put athletes and fans at the centre of everything we do. So, it is essential to give fans an option to express their views. If in this regard the current process is the right one or not, is something we will need to analyse of course,” Weil stated in an interview printed by FIH.
Votes from National Associations — represented by their respective captains and coaches — accounted for 50 per cent of the general end result, whereas followers and gamers (25 per cent) in addition to media (25 per cent) made the opposite half of the votes.
It is to be famous that solely 19 associations from the 42-strong European bloc solid their votes, in comparison with 29 out of 33 in Asia.
“…clearly we have to contain the followers somehow. After all, due to this vote, we can have the chance to have interaction with nearly 300,000 followers. This isn’t solely good for India – the place most of those followers are coming from – however for the expansion of our sport general and subsequently the entire hockey neighborhood.
“Also, as we’ve mentioned on the day of the vote, all winning athletes have topped the standings in each of the three voting groups. In other words, even if fans wouldn’t have voted, the winning athletes would have been the same.”
Five Indian gamers and the pinnacle coaches of each the lads’s and girls’s groups in Tokyo Olympics claimed the highest honours throughout totally different classes after fetching the utmost votes. The males’s hockey group had gained a bronze, its first in 41 years, on the Games, whereas the ladies’s aspect had completed an unprecedented fourth within the showpiece.
Asked if the voting course of will stay the identical sooner or later, Weil talked about forming a job power.
“I can’t reply this query earlier than we do an intensive evaluation. But I can inform you that we’ll work on the long run Stars Awards with the worldwide hockey neighborhood.
“We will have interaction with many stakeholders to give you a course of which receives the assist of most, after which go along with it for subsequent 12 months.
“These awards are here to promote hockey, athletes and coaches. It isn’t good for anybody if they lead to controversy. I’ve already engaged with a few and will continue to do so. We will most likely create a task force to look at this.”
He is “convinced” that everybody concerned with the sport will attain consensus and have a good time these awards sooner or later.
Weil agreed that the absence of gamers from the Olympic gold medallists groups have been sure to trigger disappointment and anger.
“If, in an Olympic 12 months, the gold medallists don’t win any award and one other nation will get all of them, it’s clear that this gained’t come throughout nicely. Therefore, I after all do perceive the frustration and in addition, to some extent, the anger, particularly of the groups involved.
“At the identical time, I wish to congratulate the winners. They have been all nominated by an skilled committee manufactured from FIH, FIH Athletes Committee and excessive efficiency representatives and subsequently have been as a lot entitled because the others to win.
“And both Indian teams had a fantastic performance at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. I assume that the natural joy which they should rightly feel by winning such an award may have been altered by all this, and that is not nice either,” Weil stated.
India’s Harmanpreet Singh gained the lads’s Player of the Year award and Gurjit Kaur was recognised as one of the best participant within the girls’s part.
Veteran P R Sreejesh and Savita Punia gained one of the best goalkeeper awards within the males’s and girls’s part, whereas younger striker Sharmila Devi (girls) and Vivek Sagar Prasad (males) have been adjudged finest rising stars.
When requested whether or not the present voting course of is correct, Weil stated it includes the sport’s stakeholders although he didn’t name it the best one. He additionally stated the voting course of was roughly the identical final 12 months too.
“There have been two variations. We made it obligatory for the nationwide associations that their votes ought to come from their nationwide group coaches and captains; I consider that everyone will agree that this was the precise factor to do in an effort to enhance the technical legitimacy of the vote.
“Secondly, the voting process for the coaches was the same as the one for the athletes this time (while the FIH Coach of the Year Award was determined by an FIH panel previously).”
Weil was requested why nearly half of the nationwide associations (NAs) didn’t take the chance to vote.
“I’ve personally contacted a number of members of the hockey neighborhood to warn them about this example, and I do know they have been energetic.
“But nonetheless, many nationwide associations didn’t solid their vote. Clearly this had by far the largest impression on the outcomes. If you arrange a jury however half of this jury doesn’t vote, how will you count on that folks will unanimously settle for the outcomes?
“In our analysis, we will have to establish why this situation happened.”