Narinder Batra gets extension as FIH president

Narinder Batra’s term as FIH president was extended as the world body’s Congress has been postponed to May next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Narinder Batra

Narinder Batra will remain the FIH president until the world body's Congress in May next year.   -  PTI

Indian sports administrator Narinder Batra’s term as FIH president was on Friday extended as the world body’s Congress has been postponed to May next year due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The Congress was scheduled to begin in New Delhi on October 28 this year. The decision to postpone the Congress was taken during an online meeting of the FIH Executive Board. “The exact date will be confirmed as soon as possible,” the FIH said in a statement.

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The postponement means the tenures of all FIH current office-bearers, have been extended until next year’s Congress.

“Consequently, the current terms of the FIH President and of the EB members which were due to end in October 2020 have been prolonged until the upcoming Congress in May 2021 and the subsequent terms for these positions will be shortened accordingly (mid-2021 to 2024) on an exceptional basis,” the world body said.

FIH president Batra said, “Despite the current challenging times for most organisations, FIH has kept working hard to pursue its mission of developing hockey worldwide. I’m looking forward to the numerous tournaments and competitions ahead of us, which we are preparing with full dedication and passion with all National Associations involved.”

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He added, “I am also very pleased with the success of the online courses which FIH is delivering; this is great for the future of our sport. It is encouraging as well to see that hockey has resumed in some countries, of course with protective measures for the participants’ welfare.”

The FIH had pre-informed all 137 National Associations in April about a potential change of dates for the Congress.

“This decision, made due to the current uncertainties following the global COVID-19 pandemic, is based on Art. 12.1 of the FIH Statutes, covering cases of force majeure,” the FIH stated.

Besides Batra, four other executive board members also got extensions.

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