Indian Olympic Association president Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra has been elected as an International Olympic Committee member.
Dr Batra, who also heads the international hockey federation FIH, was got 58 votes in his favour and four against as 10 new members were voted to the IOC in Lausanne yesterday (Wednesday).
Batra’s election was announced by IOC chief Thomas Bach.
Caption: Thomas Bach, President, IOC
Dr Batra will hold the IOC post as ex-officio IOA President. If he moves out of the IOA office, he will also have to relinquish the IOC membership. He took the oath of office and secrecy by holding the Olympic flag.
Caption: Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, President, IOA
“I feel both honoured and energised to be charged with this high responsibility. I can assure everybody of my highest commitment to promote the Olympic values and develop sport globally,” Batra said in a release from FIH.
“In addition to my passion for sport and my experience in the management of sports institutions, I’m also a firm believer that sport is one of the very few universal languages that has the power to unite people. I will make sure that the values of hockey, in particular our #EquallyAmazing principle, are always central to my work,” he added.
Following the elections yesterday, the total strength of the IOC members has reached 105.