Hockey India chief Batra to contest for FIH presidency

New Delhi, Sep 7 (IANS) Hockey India (HI) president Narinder Batra has been nominated as the presidential candidate for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in November, it was announced on Wednesday.

Batra, one of the most powerful members of the world hockey, will stand against Australia’s Ken Read and Ireland’s David Balbirnie for the vote that will take place on November 12 in Dubai.

FIH also said that on the Executive Board, Members Mary Cicinelli from Canada and England’s Sue Catton will be standing for re-election while the Netherlands’ Jan Albers and Pakistan’s Qasim Zia have chosen not to stand for another term in office.

This means that four positions as Ordinary Members of the FIH Executive Board will be elected at the Congress, or five if current Board Member Batra is elected as President.

The female candidates in addition to Sue Catton and Mary Cicinelli are Danae Andrada from Uruguay and Hazel Kennedy from Zambia whilst male nominees are Eric Cornelissen from the Netherlands; Spain’s Santiago Deo; outgoing Athletes’ Committee Chair Michael Green from Germany; United States’ Shawn Hindy and Tayyab Ikram from Macau.

Continental federation presidents — Egypt’s Seif Ahmed (Africa), HRH Prince Abdullah Shah of Malaysia (Asia), Netherlands Marijke Fleuren (Europe), New Zealand’s Pam Elgar (Oceania) and Argentina’s Coco Budeisky (Pan America) — will remain on the Board until their next continental elections.

They are supported by the Ordinary Members of the Executive Board, all of whom have another two years in office to complete their existing terms – Batra (India), Marc Coudron (Belgium), Maureen Craig-Rousseau (Trinidad and Tobago) and Pamela Stuper (US).

The FIH Athletes’ Committee is also represented on the Board, ensuring that athletes play an important role in determining the future of hockey. Departing Chair Michael Green from Germany will be replaced on the Board by incoming Joint-Chair Annie Panter from England.

The election of the FIH Executive Board will be part of the 45th FIH Congress on 12 November following several days of action packed activity in Dubai.

Executive Board and Continental Federation meetings will take place between November 9-10 in addition to the inaugural Turf and Field Forum for organisations involved in the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf.

–IANS

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