Dr. Narindra Batra replaces outgoing President Leandro Negre
India’s Dr Narinder Batra was elected as International Hockey Federation (FIH) President at the 45th FIH Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dr Batra, who was an Executive Board Member of FIH as well as the Vice-President of the Asian Hockey Federation, will replace outgoing FIH President Leandro Negre, for a four-year term at the helm.
Batra, who was until earlier an Ordinary Member of the FIH Executive Board, received 68 votes to defeat fellow presidential candidates David Balbrinie from Ireland (29 votes) and Australia’s Ken Read (13 votes). Eight National Associations abstained from voting.
As President, Batra will be tasked with leading the sport through the next phase of the FIH’s 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy. A key part of this will be the delivery of the new Event Portfolio which begins in 2019.
Five new Ordinary Board Members were elected to the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Executive Board at the 45th FIH Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, earlier today.
Tayyab Ikram elected to the Executive Board
Tayyab Ikram, a member of the International Olympic Committee Sport and Active Society Commission, CEO of the Asian Hockey Federation and Secretary General of Macau Hockey Association, was the first to be elected.
The new Board Members join the FIH President Dr Narinder Batra, CEO Kelly Fairweather, Continental Presidents Seif El Dine Ahmed (Africa); HRH Prince Abdullah Shah (Asia); Marijke Fleuren (Europe); Pam Elgar (Oceania) and Alberto Budeisky (Pan-America), Ordinary Board Members Marc Coudron (Belgium); Maureen Craig-Rousseau (Trinidad and Tobago) and Pamela Stuper (USA), as well as Joint-Chair of the FIH Athletes’ Committee Annie Panter.
FIH President Leandro Negre presents the HRH Sultan Azlan Shah Award to Fumio Ogura
The HRH Sultan Azlan Shah Award was presented to Fumio Ogura, the President of the Institute of International Sports Politics in Japan. During his career in sport, which began as a player for the Japan under-21 team in 1967, Fumio has played for and coached the national team – a role that lasted 20 years – as well as organizing numerous competitions across Asia.With Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympic Games, Fumio has used all of his experience as an advisor to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Bid Committee. Currently, Fumio is Deputy Executive Director of International Relations and Sports Department of 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Nominees for the Hockey Stars awards announced, two Asian players make the list
The (FIH) has announced the nominees for the 2016 Hockey Stars Awards, the annual prizes recognizing the best players, goalkeepers, rising stars, coaches and umpires in a given calendar year. The news broke during the FIH Congress.
Five male and five female nominees have been selected for each award. The Player, Goalkeeper and Rising Star awards were selected by a panel consisting of the FIH Athletes’ Committee, Continental Federations, Coaches and media. All awards are based on performance at international events during the 2016 season, as well as the player’s overall contribution to the sport.
Two Asian players take on the prizes as Parattu Raveendran Sreejesh competes for the 2016 Goalkeeper of the Year nominations. Young Harmanpreet Singh from India was nominated for the 2016 Rising Star of the Year nominations (Players under 23).
Winners will be decided by the combined results of an online vote that is open to the public and a peer vote from international athletes. Voting for Players, Goalkeepers and Rising Stars will open on 16 November and closes on 2 December.