The International Hockey Federation (FIH) had found itself at the receiving end after messing up with the Indian flag during a promotional event for the Hockey Women’s World cup 2018.
Captains of the 16 teams, including India’s Rani Rampal, were invited to the event held alongside River Thames in London where captains stood alongside the national flags of their respectively on Thursday. However, the critical part missing in the Indian tricolour, the Ashoka Chakra, usually located in the white section between the green and orange segments.
Later, England Hockey shared another picture of the shoot where the Indian flag had the Ashoka Chakra visible.
However, now the FIH has issued an apology saying they immediately contacted the photoshoot organisers Vitality who corrected the Indian flag as quickly as possible.
“Upon noticing the mistake, the FIH immediately contacted the photoshoot organisers Vitality, who corrected the India flag as quickly as possible. We apologise for any offence caused,” Times of India quoted an FIH spokesperson as saying on Friday.
India will today begin their world cup campaign when they take on hosts England in their opening encounter. India, grouped in Pool B, will take on World No.16 Ireland on 26 July followed by World No.7 USA on 29 July apart from facing the Olympic Champions England in their home ground on the opening day of the prestigious tournament.