Batra 1st Indian to be International Hockey Federation chief
Posted on:14 Nov 2016 09:42:01
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14 November 2016 Current Affairs: Hockey India president Narinder Batra was elected president of the international hockey federation (FIH) in Dubai . He beat David Brinie of Ireland and Ken Read of Australia in a three-man race.
Batra, who became the president of Hockey India in October 2014 after serving as secretary, had criss-crossed the globe to seek votes in the last few weeks.
Batra : Batra is the first Asian to become the chief of the sport, thus breaking the monopoly of Europeans who have been ruling international hockey for decades.
Batra succeeds Spaniard Leandro Negre, who was the FIH chief since 2008. Negre had defeated Netherlands’ veteran hockey administrator Els van Breda Vriesman to become FIH supremo.
Batra joins a select band of Indian sports administrators who have led world bodies, notable among them being International Cricket Council (ICC) president Jagmohan Dalmiya and Sharad Pawar.
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