FIH Chief Narinder Batra Backtracks, Says No Change In Elections Scheduled For October

International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Narinder Batra on Sunday backtracked on his assertion that his tenure is set for extension owing to the postponement of FIH elections to 2021, declaring that the polls “as of now” will go in advance in Oct this year. Throughout the Specific Common Entire body Assembly of Athletics Federation of India held on-line on Saturday, Batra, also the head of the Indian Olympic Association and a member of the International Olympic Committee, had claimed that his tenure as FIH chief will be prolonged as the elections have been postponed in see of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As of now, the FIH elections will be held in Oct this year, there is no improve in that,” Batra instructed PTI.

On Saturday, in the course of a discussion on the day of AFI elections, owing to be held last thirty day period but postponed owing to the pandemic, Batra had claimed that the FIH elections have been postponed.

“FIH elections were to be held in Oct this year but now will be held in June subsequent year less than these instances (of COVID-19 pandemic). So, I will be president till elections in June subsequent year,” Batra had claimed.

Batra was elected as FIH president in November 2016, getting to be the initially Indian to head the intercontinental federation of an Olympic sport.

The FIH, while responding to a PTI query, claimed that the body’s Govt Board will talk about the make a difference of suspending the FIH Congress, owing to the uncertainty of the evolution of the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, on Might eight by using video clip conference.

“The EB is anticipated to affirm new dates for the Congress in the course of that meeting,” it stated.