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Narinder Batra re-elected President of FIH for a second consecutive term

Harpal Singh Bedi

Narinder  Batra

New Delhi:  Contesting for the second term  Narinder  Batra was  re-elected as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) President  as he pipped  Marc Coudron of Belgium by razor thin margin of two votes at the world body’s virtual 47th Congress on  Saturday.

Batra received  63 votes as against Coudron’s  61 in a straight contest during the online voting process, in which 124 out of 136  member associations participated.

In the process he became the first Indian to be elected as President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for the second consecutive term 

In 2016,  Batra who was then an Executive Board Member of FIH as well as the Vice-President of the Asian Hockey Federation, became the first Indian and  first non-European to head a global sports governing body when he replaced outgoing FIH President Leandro Negre, for a four-year term. With this re election he will  to serve as President of FIH till 2024.  

Batra  was considered favourite  because India is scheduled to host Junior and Senior World Cups  but  such a  nerve wrecking finished surprised every one.

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

Batra, under his leadership in the first term prioritized the growth of hockey globally also achieved key milestones such as implementation of the FIH’s global home-and-away league – The FIH  Pro League, launched the FIH Nations Cup, and implemented the FIH Hockey 5s World Cup and Hockey 5s World Tour. 

With over two decades of experience in sports administration, he  has  led FIH with professional administrative acumen that delivered efficient governance and also created a transparent system.  

In his second term,  Batra  in  his election manifest committed to continue to work towards increasing the number of hockey playing nations as well as the visibility of hockey. Enhancing financial sustainability, to innovate, and improve the Olympic status of the sport and harmonise the international calendar of events are some of his key agendas paving forward. 

In his address through a virtual conference during the FIH Congress, Batra said: “My no. 1 priority is to grow the sport globally and to do that we need to constantly evolve with new formats and events. Provide the right kind of training and infrastructure to create a holistic ecosystem which is sustainable. And while we develop and grow our hockey universe it is also essential to increase our visibility and reach. We need to keep up with an extremely dynamic landscape of mediums to reach and engage better with our fans. And equally so reach new audiences we have found in countries across the American and African sub-continents, among others.” 

“We need to enhance our financial stability. A well-developed revenue model from media rights holders and commercial partners is the key to achieve sustainable financial growth. I have seen keen interest in further engagement from Indian commercial partners which I will continue to work with closely to channelise into global events and development initiatives.” he added
Congratulating  Batra on his re election , Hockey India President Gyanendro Ningombam said, “Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra in his first term led the hockey fraternity into a new era with innovative formats and tournaments that would further enhance the popularity of the sport particularly among the younger generation. 

“He is a man on a mission to globalise hockey and we congratulate him and wish him the very best as he endeavours to achieve new milestones as President of FIH in his second consecutive term. It is a proud moment for India. We will continue to seek his guidance and learn from his experience to further develop the sport in India.”  
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Hockey India congratulates Javed Shaikh and Raghu Prasad on being appointed as Umpires for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Harpal Singh Bedi 

New Delhi: Hockey India on Thursday congratulated Javed Shaikh and Raghu Prasad on being appointed as Umpires for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

It also  greeted  Col (Dr.) Bibhu Kalyan Nayak for being   named as the FIH Medical Officer for the Tokyo Olympic Games . The FIH announced hese appointments  on Wednesday. 

Javed Shaikh from Mumbai  was called-up as a national umpire followed by an opportunity at the 2003 Under-21 Invitational Cup in Poland where he served as an international umpire.

Over the last decade, Shaikh has umpired at major events such as Commonwealth Games, Asian Games as well as the 2014 Men’s World Cup in Hague, The Netherlands and was also called up as an umpire during the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

“It’s everyone’s dream to be part of the Olympics and I am very honoured and proud to be appointed as one of the umpires at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I was very happy to hear the news on Wednesday,” expressed Javed Shaikh.

Raghu Prasad from Bangalore  served as an international umpire for the first time in 2003 at the Four Nations Tournament in Australia. In the last 16 years, Prasad has umpired at major events such as Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, three World Cups.

 “It is a huge honour to be part of the umpire panel for the  Olympics. I am happy that 2 Indians have been appointed. I had  missed the bus for Rio Olympics but I didn’t lose heart. I continued to put in all the hard work. I got an opportunity to umpire at the Men’s World Cup last year and did Pro League this year. I knew I had to be my absolute best if I had to be chosen for the Olympics and I’m happy the effort has paid off,” said Prasad.

Both FIH Pro League Panel Umpires, Javed and Prasad further stressed upon the role of Hockey India in promoting umpires and their extensive programs that has helped several enthusiasts to take up umpiring as a career. “Hockey India has been doing a great job. There are educators from the FIH Academy and teach the youngsters. They exchange their knowledge about umpiring with us. Hockey India has conducted online tests as well. They have encouraged youngsters to take up umpiring in hockey and they have played a key role,” expressed Javed and Prasad.

Col (Dr.) Nayak was also the medical officer for the  Odisha Hockey World Cup held in Bhubaneswar in 2018.He earns the distinction of being the first Indian to be appointed as a Medical Officer for the Summer Olympic Games in  Hockey

Hockey India’s President Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad said, “I congratulate Javed Shaikh and Raghu Prasad on being appointed by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to officiate at the  Tokyo Olympics. Both the umpires have earned this feat after working tirelessly for more than 15 years. It is a matter of pride for us when Umpires represent India in top tournaments across the world.  

Col (Dr.) Nayak has earned his role as the medical officer for the Tokyo Olympic Games after he was of great help during the Men’s Hockey World Cup last year. We are immensely proud that a medical expert from India will be at the Olympic Games. His contribution in this field of sports injury prevention and rehabilitation is unparalleled. I wish him the very best on behalf of Hockey India. – Mushtaque Ahmad

“Col (Dr.) Nayak has earned his role as the medical officer for the Tokyo Olympic Games after he was of great help during the Men’s Hockey World Cup last year. We are immensely proud that a medical expert from India will be at the Olympic Games. His contribution in this field of sports injury prevention and rehabilitation is unparalleled. I wish him the very best on behalf of Hockey India.”  Mushtaque Ahmad added.

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Hockey India selects 33- Probables for Women’s National Coaching Camp

Harpal Singh Bedi

Rani in action during the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019

New Delhi: Hockey India on Sunday  named  33 probables  for the  Women’s National Coaching Camp to begin on Monday, 2nd September at the Sports Authority of India Campus in Bengaluru. 

The players will report to Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne for the three-week Camp  following which the Indian team will travel to England for a 5-match bilateral series with the Great Britain team starting 27th September.

“It was a good experience for the team at the Olympic Test Event in Tokyo, and now we look to focus on preparing for the FIH Olympic Qualifiers. We will use this upcoming National Coaching Camp to stay in the rhythm, and to maintain our levels going into the Qualifiers. We also have a Tour of England coming up, which will also help us because playing matches against a strong opposition is good for our rhythm, and also gives us the chance to see where we can improve,” opined  Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne.

Goalkeepers Savita, Rajani Etimarpu and Bichu Devi Kharibam along with Defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Reena Khokhar, Suman Devi Thoudam, Sunita Lakra, Salima Tete, Manpreet Kaur, Gurjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz, Mahima Choudhary and Nisha, have all been called-up for National Coaching Camp.

While Midfielders Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Neha Goyal, Lilima Minz, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Chetna, Reet, Karishma Yadav, Sonika and Namita Toppo will also report to camp on Monday. Forwards Rani, Lalremsiami, Vandana Katariya, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Jyoti, Sharmila Devi, Priyanka Wankhede and Udita have been asked to report for the  Camp.

International Hockey Federation on Thursday announced that the India will be playing their FIH Olympic Qualifiers at home, and Marijne said that it will be a boost for his team. “It will be the first time for a lot of our girls that they will be playing at home so we are all very excited. For us, it is important to focus on our game, and not worry about other factors involved. However, we will have a lot of people watching us, and I am sure it will serve as a huge boost to all the members of our team,” said the coach.