Shimla: Vidya Stokes, President of Hockey India resigned today from her post with immediate effect. Hockey India today announced her resignation claiming that the decision was as per her promise to the Sports Minister to step down after the Common Wealth Games.
However Stokes was quoted in media, saying she was busy with her political career in Himachal Pradesh and could not spare enough time for hockey. She said, she had to travel a lot because of her political commitments and was not able to spare time for Hockey India and hence decided to step down.
Her resignation has now paved the way for a younger administrator to take charge. It is being widely interpreted as a move to appease the Sports Ministry, which had derecognised Hockey India for flouting its age guidelines.
Stokes tendered her resignation to secretary-general Narinder Batra and asked him to discharge all duties of president as an interim measure till necessary arrangements are made by the Hockey India Executive
Board and ratified by the General Council.