President of International Hockey Federation re-elected as Narendra Batra of India
The incumbent is the global governing body of the 47th Congress game during a second term for incumbent Narendra Batra’s re-elected International Hockey Federation (FIH) president in India on Saturday.
Batra, who is also the president of the Indian Olympic Association and a member of an international Olympic committee, defeated his rival Mark Coudron, the head of the Belgian Hockey Federation, by a margin of two votes.
Batra garnered 61 votes against his opponent’s 63, to emerge as the winner in the online voting process, which was attended by 124 member associations.
Batra will operate the office till 2024.
International Hockey Federation (@fih_hockey) May 22, 2021
Live update from 47 FIH Congress on 22 May 2021: Hockey India congratulated Dr. Narendra Dhruv Batra on being re-elected President, International Hockey Federation for a second term. 🎉 # IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/j4gUd3I83G
Hockey India (@HockeyIndia) May 22, 2021
Indians will hold office until 2024 as the FIH has reduced the tenure from four to three years due to the prolongation of the Congress last year. The 47th Congress was to be held in New Delhi last year, but was postponed due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. Batra became the first non-European President of the FIH in 2016 when he was elected to the top post by a huge margin during the 45th Congress of the Federation. The veteran Indian sports administrator, who was then the head of Hockey India, remains the only Asian to hold the top position in the 92-year-old history of the world body.