Field hockey world body extends Batra's term as president

Hockey (File)
Hockey (File)

The International Hockey Federation has extended the term of its Indian president Narinder Batra because the coronavirus pandemic means no vote can be held.

FIH bosses were to meet in New Delhi in October to elect a president but the global pandemic has forced the postponement of the meeting until at least May next, the FIH said.

"The exact date will be confirmed as soon as possible," the world body said in a statement.

"Despite the current challenging times for most organisations, FIH has kept working hard to pursue its mission of developing hockey worldwide," said Batra.

"I'm looking forward to the numerous tournaments and competitions ahead of us, which we are preparing with full dedication and passion," added Batra.

Batra became FIH president in November 2016. As head of world hockey, chief of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) he has become one of Asia's most powerful sports leaders.

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