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FIH announce Athletes’ Committee

The inaugural athletes’ elections will take place during the upcoming men’s and women’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup

Our vision to entertain and inspire fans and players all over the world is off to a great start this year having successfully concluded the first edition of the Hockey World League alongside delivering more entertainment in our online channels. Our new broadcast partner, STAR Sports, means we plan to invest heavily in the global promotion and production of hockey from 2015; to do this, the involvement of our athletes remain central to our development.

This is why, for the first time, we will be holding Athletes’ Elections during the upcoming Rabobank Hockey World Cup (May 31 – June 15, The Hague, Netherlands).

The role of the Athletes’ Committee is :

  • To provide current and past international athletes with the opportunity to contribute to the continuous development, growth and evolution of hockey
  • To represent the views of the Athletes within the FIH, protect their interests and uphold their rights and obligations
  • To serve as the link between active athletes and the FIH
  • To raise awareness and educate athletes on topics of direct concern

We are asking National Associations to nominate one athlete before 28 February, 2014, who is a current or former athlete. The eligibility criteria are:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have not incurred any measure or sanction in relation of any violation of the World Anti-Doping or Anti-Corruption Codes and must not have been banned from the game
  • Be able to communicate effectively in English
  • Be current or former international athletes who last played international hockey no longer than 4 years before the date of their nomination

To make a nomination please click here.

Elections will be held in The Hague during the men’s and women’s World Cup, with two men and two women elected. The remaining four seats will be appointed by the Executive Board in March 2015 completing the eight person Athletes’ Committee.

The members of the Athletes’ Committee will serve as a consultative body and will make recommendations to the FIH Executive Board, FIH Committees, Advisory Panels and other bodies. Their roles will also cover seeking and providing feedback to the FIH on behalf of all athletes, whilst developing and promoting resources and initiatives to athletes such as health and welfare, anti-doping, social media, our need to create stars to attract new fans, career preparation and management.

CEO Kelly Fairweather said, “ Our athletes are some of our most passionate fans. They know our sport of hockey inside out. When we evolve our TV production working with STAR, we want them to be involved. When we grow concepts like Hockey5s we want our athletes at the table driving the direction with us. ”

The Committee will also play a central role in liaising with the Athletes’ Commission of the IOC and other sporting organisations to enable the sharing of information and research and ultimately developing the game of hockey.