International Hockey Federation Chief Executive Officer Jason McCracken has tendered his resignation for the reported failure to find a title sponsor for the Pro Hockey League.
McCracken, according to reports, was not able to sell the league, which is still without a title sponsor and travel partner. He will, however, continue to work with FIH until June.
India had in July opted out of the nine-nation, 18-team men’s and women’s tournament citing lack of clarity in the ranking system, which could have hampered teams’ prospects for Olympic qualification.
McCracken’s resignation may further hit the prospects of FIH’s dream project, which is scheduled to be held from January to June 2019. McCracken, a former umpire with the FIH, had taken over as the CEO in October last year. He was also a Technical Delegate at the Rio Olympics before replacing Kelly Fairweather at the FIH CEO.
Earlier in July, Hockey India’s decision to opt out of the Pro Hockey League had jeopardized ambitious FIH project’s chances of generating sponsorship support from the country.
The Indian market has become a crucial support system for commercial sports. Cricket South Africa, too, has seen the exit of its ex-CEO Haroon Lorgat and subsequent suspension of the inaugural edition of Global T20 League as no Indian broadcaster had agreed for a deal with the league which had three franchisee interests from India.