FIH Elections – Narinder Batra to re-contest: The incumbent president of International Hockey Federation (FIH) Narinder Batra has confirmed that he ‘will stand for re-elections’. The governing body of Hockey will hold the election in May 2021 and the Indian Olympic Association President will stand for the 2nd term.
Batra, who also heads the Indian Olympics Association, in a letter to the FIH wrote, “The experience of the last five years, coupled with your numerous encouragements and my strong dedication, have convinced me that I should make myself available to pursue my mission at the helm of the FIH,” in a letter to FIH, reported insidethegamesbiz.
“Therefore, I herewith have the honour and the pleasure to announce my candidacy to continue to be your President beyond the upcoming Congress, should you wish me to do so,” it added.
The FIH is likely to hold a meeting in May, which could be done via video-conferencing amid COVID-19 pandemic. It was scheduled to happen last year but postponed due to COVID-19 situation. The winner will continue as FIH President until 2024 as the second term has been cut short to four years following the election’s postponement.
The nomination for the FIH’s President role began on February 12 and the last date to register is March 12. Batra is likely to face stiff competition for his position. Since his elevation to the top job, Batra has been accused of not dedicating enough time to the top job. As per reports, his critics believe he gives his IOC role more priority.
The FIH, too, faced financial challenges during Batra’s term. It was caused due to COVID-19 pandemic and the launch of the Hockey Pro League.
As per a report from insidethegames, FIH lost more than CHF633,000 £505,000/$707,000/€583,000) in 2019, more than doubling its 2018 deficit.
“Thanks to our learnings from the first season and the responsible management of our resources, our budget forecast for the second edition already shows a breakeven,” Batra wrote in the letter to FIH members.
“In terms of the overall finances of the FIH, we have a clear and sound budget plan for the upcoming years.”
Last year, Sudhansu Mittal– IOA vice-president– started a campaign to remove Batra from his roles at FIA and IOA after claiming his positions as illegitimate. He asked the authorities to investigate, but the Batra was cleared of any wrongdoing.