Hockey News : Narinder Batra’s term as FIH President extended to May 2021

Narinder Batra’s term as President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has been extended until May 2021 after the governing body confirmed the postponement of its Congress because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Presidential election had been due to take place at this year’s Congress in New Delhi but has now been pushed back by six months in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Batra’s first four-year stint at the helm of the worldwide body was due to expire at the gathering of the FIH membership, initially scheduled for October 28 to November 1.

The FIH Executive Board said Batra’s term, and those of four Executive Board members, would be prolonged until the elections next May.

In a statement, the FIH also confirmed the subsequent second term would be shortened from four years to three.

Should Batra – a member of the International Olympic Committee by virtue of his role as head of the Indian Olympic Association – be re-elected, his second stint would end in 2024.

The rule also applies to the four Executive Board members whose terms have been extended – Danae Andrada of Uruguay, Zambia’s Hazel Kennedy, Erik Cornelissen of the Netherlands and Macau’s Tayyab Ikram.

The decision from the Executive Board had been widely expected and the FIH said it had informed all 137 National Associations in April that the Congress was likely to be moved.