Friday, December 1, 2023

Narinder Batra bids to run for second world hockey presidency term

President Narinder Batra has confirmed his bid to run for a second term at the helm of world hockey.

Ahead of May’s polls during the International Hockey Federation congress, Batra outlined his intention to stand for re-election in a letter last week.

Presently, the FIH is due to host the congress in New Delhi but it could be held remotely due to the ongoing pandemic.

It is reported that Batra could face one challenger for the post, which will run for a shortened three-year term.

It is not known whether this would be a European challenger after The Hockey Paper reported unrest within some continental clubs over the way the sport was run globally.

At May’s polls, Batra will be seeking to remains as the 12th president of the FIH.

Batra wrote: “In the last four years, I have done my best and put all my energy to enable FIH to fulfil its missions – in particular the development of hockey globally — add new objectives and steadily improve its management for the good of hockey.

“…The experience of the last five years, coupled with your numerous encouragements and my strong dedication, have convinced me that I should make myself available to pursue my mission at the helm of the FIH,” said Batra, who is the president of Indian Olympic Committee and also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“Therefore, I herewith have the honour and the pleasure to announce my candidacy to continue to be your President beyond the upcoming Congress, should you wish me to do so.”

Nominations for the presidency will end on March 12.

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