Narinder Batra elected as new president of International Hockey Federation

Narinder Batra has been elected as the chief of the world hockey body in a majority vote at the FIH Congress.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 12, 2016 5:18 pm
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Dr Narinder Batra, Hockey India chief, has been elected as the new International Hockey Federation (FIH) president in a secret ballot at the FIH Congress in Dubai on Saturday.

Batra is the 12th president of the FIH and the first Indian to take the top job of the sport which has had turbulent administration in India throughout the 90s and the 2000s.

In the secret ballot, 68 votes went to Batra with Ken Read of Australia earning 30 votes and David Balbirnie of Ireland taking home 29 votes. There were a total of 118 representatives up for votes.

59-year-old Batra became president of Hockey India in 2014 after serving as secretary and since then he’s promoted the game of Hockey in India and marketed it across the globe with introduction of Hockey India League (HIL) which brings together stars from across the globe.

Batra takes over from Spaniard Leonardo Negre who has been the chief of the FIH since 2008 and sees his tenure run out.

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  1. J
    Nov 19, 2016 at 12:45 pm
    Yes, A unique victory???.It is unique no doubt. Our sports people do not achieve anything but pot bellied administrators would like to present bouquets to the foreigners.
  2. J
    Nov 19, 2016 at 4:15 am
    Another Indian using the infamous jugaad system and destroying the w sporting culture of India. See the people who are jumping up and down to congratulate him. All the failed ociations where the respective sport has no Indian representation at any worthy level.riblelt;br/gt;First these ociations use to manage the media and DD sports channel. Now when they have been shunted out of the above two they are misusing the forums like and similar . Govt must put a ban on misusing the official websites for the officials own use and views. It is terrible.
  3. J
    Nov 19, 2016 at 4:16 am
    Official forums like are being misused .
  4. K
    Nov 19, 2016 at 7:54 am
    I saw the back patting on Table Tennis website. Is that the one you are referring to.