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Narinder Batra Re-Elected As International Hockey Federation President For A Second Term

Nainder Batra was re-elected as president for a 2nd time period through the digital 47th Congress of FIH.© Twitter

Incumbent Narinder Batra of India was on Saturday re-elected as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) President for a 2nd time period immediately after beating Marc Coudron of Belgium by a slender margin of just two votes through the earth body’s digital 47th Congress. Deemed the favourite from the starting, Batra, who is the also the President of the Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) and an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, scarcely managed to pip Coudron, who is the chief of Belgium Hockey Federation and sits on the country’s Olympic panel. 

Batra secured sixty three votes as from his rival’s sixty one to emerge winner through the on-line voting system, in which 124 member associations participated. 

The FIH Congress was held virtually due to journey limitations imposed in the wake of the ongoing pandemic. 

The closeness of the contest can be gauged from the point that sixty three votes had been necessary by a candidate to safe victory and Batra managed to prevail around his opponent in the fight. 

The Indian will keep the business office right up until 2024 as the FIH has diminished the time period from 4 to 3 yrs due to deferment of the Congress very last 12 months. 

The 47th Congress was to be held very last 12 months in New Delhi but was postponed simply because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Batra turned the initially non-European president of the FIH in 2016 immediately after he was elected to the leading article by an frustrating margin through the earth body’s forty fifth Congress. 

The veteran Indian sports administrator, who was the chief of Hockey India then, continues to be the only Asian to get the leading article in the earth body’s 92-12 months-outdated historical past.

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