FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, IOC President Thomas Bach and former FIH President Leandro Negre.Council News
Date : 07 Dec 2016
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 7, 2016: IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed the new President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra of India, to the IOC HQ in Lausanne, Switzerland on December 1. The IOC President congratulated Dr Batra on his election at the 45th FIH Congress in Dubai recently, and both parties expressed a keen interest to continue the close and constructive collaboration between the IOC and FIH.
A hot topic of conversation was FIH’s 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy and the Federation’s desire to further align with Olympic Agenda 2020. In particular, issues relating to the promotion of gender equality, protection of clean athletes and good governance were amongst those discussed, as well as preparations for Tokyo 2020 and the 2018 YOG in Buenos Aires.
Dr Batra succeeded Leandro Negre (Spain), who also attended the meeting and received a warm farewell from the IOC President. The FIH delegation was complemented by Executive Board member Tayyab Ikram and CEO Kelly Fairweather.
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