Saturday, July 20, 2024

‘Divided’ FIH: Narinder Batra retains world hockey presidency in tight vote

India’s Narinder Batra retained presidency of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Saturday after a closely-fought, two vote win against Marc Coudron, of Belgium.

Batra held on for a second term at the helm of world hockey, defeating Coudron by a narrow 63-61 vote during the FIH virtual Congress.

He needed an absolute majority of 63 votes to retain the presidency after succeeding the outgoing Leandro Negre in 2016. Batra will now hold his seat until 2024.

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  1. Hardly surprising about the division. The FIH has made losses the past few years. Other sports organizations like FIFA speak of maximizing profits, our can’t even break even.

    So, make FIH profitable, preserve hockey 11’s in the Olympics, grow hockey 5s to increase hockey participation and get new sponsorships and preserve local hockey leagues. These should be the aims for the next few years.


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