(Photo: © FIH / Gordon Morrison)

The FIH Congress week officially opened on Monday with the cocktail here at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Great Britain. During the cocktail, held in the famous Long Room of Lord’s, the FIH awarded five people who contributed to hockey in the past years. This week, the ‘hockey family’ meets in London for the Congress (Saturday 11 November), the WorldHockey Forum ‘Synergy for Success’ (Friday 10 November) and Executive Board and Committee Meetings.

The FIH awarded five people who made an excellent contribution to hockey over the past years. South African Clare Digby, FIH Continental Development Officer in Africa, received the Diploma of Merit out of the hands of FIH Honorary Secretary General Peter Cohen. Former international umpire Alain Renaud from France also received the Diploma of Merit. For Renaud it was a special occasion, as he umpired at Lord’s when England hockey used the famous cricket ground to play some of its hockey matches.

The other three awards went to special media people. TV journalist David Christison from Australia, also known as ‘the voice of WorldHockey’ received a Diploma of Merit for his great contribution as official FIH TV commentator. FIH TV Coordinator Rupert Rumney and English journalist Bill Colwill received the Presidents Award out of the hands of FIH President Els van Breda Vriesman.

More FIH awards will be presented during the official dinner on Friday and the FIH Congress on Saturday.