Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Inquiry launched against FIH chief into alleged ‘misuse’ of money

Narinder Batra, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) president, has seen a preliminary inquiry lodged against him for allegedly diverting funds of around £35,000 of Hockey India funds for his personal benefit.

Batra is a former secretary general and president of Hockey India, and along with his FIH presidency also heads up the India Olympic Association.

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) lodged its inquiry on Wednesday.

According to reports in India, it had been initiated on a complaint received from the IOA. Batra has headed the Olympic body since 2017.

Late last month, Anandeshwar Pandey, honorary treasurer of the IOA, had written a letter to Batra alleging irregularities.

According to the Indian Express, the official sought answers “to expenditure on his office and the financial dealings of a company owned by Batra with Hockey India.”

Batra, the first Asian to be elected as FIH chief in 2016, was re-elected for the top job in hockey last year.

He beat rival March Coudron, the former Belgian hockey, by just two votes to hold on to the role.

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