FIH Congress to Elect New President

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The main highlight of the 45th FIH Congress scheduled for Dubai on November 12, 2016 will be the election of the successor of Leandro Negre who has been at the helm and successfully directing the affairs of the Federation since he was elected in 2008.

Three prominent hockey personalities will vie for the single most important position in global hockey. The contestants include the following:

Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, a reputable Businessman from India, FIH Executive Board member since 2014, President of Hockey India (HI), Vice President of the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF), Associate Vice President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Chairman of the Hockey India League (HIL) and who has been accredited for the rejuvenation of hockey in India over the past five year.

Mr. David Balbirnie, a knowledgeable Administrator from Ireland, a former National Team Manager who has been involved in the administration of the Irish, European and the International Hockey Federations with an established reputation as a collaborative decision maker with renowned financial acumen. Mr. Balbirnie served on the Executive Board of the European Hockey Federation (EHF) for a number of years and became its Secretary General. He aims to build stronger relationships with National Associations to ensure collaborative working drives the development of the sport.

Mr. Ken Read, a legal practitioner and former Australian national player, Coach and Team Manager, Chair of the Tasmania Hockey Board, FIH Event Portfolio Panel, FIH Event Evaluation Panel and the FIH Competitions Committee, is credited with an extensive experience in the sport acquired over the years. As a lead FIH Technical Delegate for a good number of years, he played a crucial role in developing FIH’s New Event Portfolio which aims at transforming the sport of hockey and strengthen its position through robust governance.

An African candidate, Ms. Hazel Kennedy, President of the Zambia Hockey Association; Former Executive Board Member of the African Hockey Federation and the current Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Zambia, will be vying for one of four positions (or five if current Board Member Dr Narinder Batra is elected as President) as Ordinary Members to be elected during the Congress.

The AfHF Editorial Board wishes all the candidates the very best in the process and looks forward to working with the winner of the Presidential elections.