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.