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Lack of club culture no issue in India: FIH

 IPOH (MALAYSIA), May 7 (PTI): The lack of club culture in India will not be an issue in the country hosting the World Inter-Club Championships in 2013 as any team like a company, a university or an institution can participate in it, according to International Hockey Federation president Leandro Negre.

Negre acknowledged that club culture was lacking in India as compared to that prevalent in Europe but that was not an issue in allocating the World Inter-Club Championships in the South Asian Country.

“I accept that the club culture in these parts of the World are not the same as we have in Europe, but the concept of a club is broader than it is generally presumed,” Negre, who was here in connection with the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament, said. “Any company, institution or university, or for that matter any team that plays hockey can be recognised as a club,” he said. Negre said India has agreed to bear the cost of hosting a world clubs event for men and women in 2013. The inaugural World Inter-Club Championship is likely to be an eight-team competition.

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