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New Delhi, May 8, 2020
India's Narinder Batra will continue as President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) until May 2021.
This follows a decision to postpone the 47th FIH Congress to May 2021 because of the prevailing situation across the world as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a meeting held via online conference, the Executive Board of the FIH decided to postpone the 47th FIH Congress, initially planned on 28 October-1 November 2020 in New Delhi, to May 2021, in India’s capital city. The exact date will be confirmed as soon as possible, a press release from the FIH said.
FIH had pre-informed all 137 National Associations in April about a potential change of dates for the Congress, it said.
"This decision, made due to the current uncertainties following the global COVID-19 pandemic, is based on Art. 12.1 of the FIH Statutes, covering cases of force majeure.
"Consequently, the current terms of the FIH President and of the EB members which were due to end in October 2020 have been prolonged until the upcoming Congress in May 2021 and the subsequent terms for these positions will be shortened accordingly (mid-2021 to 2024) on an exceptional basis," the release said.
Apart from Batra's term, the terms of Women EBmembers Danae Andrada and Hazel Kennedy and Men EB members Erik Cornelissen and Tayyab Ikram were also due to end in October 2020.
“Despite the current challenging times for most organisations, FIH has kept working hard to pursue its mission of developing hockey worldwide. I’m looking forward to the numerous tournaments and competitions ahead of us, which we are preparing with full dedication and passion with all National Associations involved," Batra said.
"I’m also very pleased with the success of the online courses which FIH is delivering; this is great for the future of our sport. It is encouraging as well to see that hockey has resumed in some countries, of course with protective measures for the participants’ welfare. Last but not least, I’d like to extend our gratitude to our broadcast and commercial partners for their continuous support," he added.