Batra was elected FIH president in 2016 and IOA president in 2017. He was elected an IOC member last year.
Mittal’s letter to IOC executive board on Saturday, released to the media on Sunday, said, “when Batra was nominated as well as elected as the president of FIH he was also holding the post of president of Hockey India. This is not permissible according to the statute of FIH.”
Article 7.2 of FIH rules cited in the letter says the president shall within 30 days of election retire from any executive office or post in the national or continental bodies. Batra, elected to FIH in November, stepped down as HI president in December 2016. Mittal said “Batra was a representative on behalf of Hockey India in the December 2017 elections of IOA and voted as a representative on behalf of Hockey India.”
Batra and Mittal are both in home quarantine due to Covid-19.
Like any other sector, amid Covid19 Indian sports has come to complete standstill. The preparations of the Indian athletes have taken a huge hit due to Covid19. At the time when the country’s biggest sporting body should have been busy creating the roadmap of revival, the ugly sparring with-in IOA will further peg the Indian sports back.