New Delhi [India], March 24 (ANI): Hockey India on Saturday congratulated Harsha Vardhan Gandham for being appointed as potential for International Umpire Manager by International Hockey Federation (FIH), the world governing body for hockey.

The FIH announced its decision on Friday after his name was recommended by Hockey India and supported by Asian Hockey Federation.

Harsha, a former hockey player, began his umpiring career in 2005 which has seen him officiate at major domestic tournaments for more than a decade.

Expressing his delight at the news, Gandham said, “It is an opportunity for me to mould these umpires and I would like to see as many umpires from India receive FIH appointment in the future. I would like to thank Hockey India and its Umpiring, Technical and Competitions Committee for providing us with the right facilities and encouraging us to do better each day.”

Congratulating Gandham on his new journey, Hockey India’s Secretary General, Md. Mushtaque Ahmad said, “I would like to wish Harsha Vardhan Gandham the very best for his new role as Potential for FIH International Umpire Manager. He has been exceptional in his role over the years, and I am sure that he will continue to contribute towards the sport by encouraging and helping young umpires in doing their best domestically and internationally.” (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.