The second day of the Hockey Revolution Part 2 Conference, including the 45th FIH Congress, currently taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, kicked off today with a topical debate about the important topic of governance.
The FIH has a strong stance on governance and, within the next year, will introduce a new Code of Ethics and updated anti-corruption regulations, both presented during today’s session. The new Code will be fully in-line with new International Olympic Committee (IOC) requirements. It is written as simple as possible to facilitate easy understanding and implementation across all levels of hockey.
It will cover the areas of conflicts of interest; confidentiality; integrity (including bribery, gifts & hospitality; match-related integrity and betting); elections; bidding for events.
It also foresees the creation of a FIH Ethics Panel with the members to be selected from a pool of independent experts.
All FIH members will be provided with a template integrity code, committing them to read the new Code of Ethics and anti-corruption regulations, give them to all staff and ensure full compliance.
Michelle Riondel, FIH Head of Legal Affairs, said during the Session: “Non-compliance with our new Code of Ethics and anti-corruption regulations will come with strict sanctions for everyone associated with hockey. We need to make sure everybody is aware of the high ethical standards we expect throughout all structures of our sport. This is the only way we can protect hockey’s integrity and safeguard its good reputation.”
Andrew Ryan, Executive Director of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), presented the recent work of a dedicated ASOIF Governance Taskforce, mandated with helping international federations to promote and ensure a culture of good governance within their structures following recent scandals in some major sports.
The Taskforce has developed a full set of governance principles and indicators tailored to the specific characteristics and needs of sport organisations. Next week, ASOIF will send a survey to all Summer Olympic International Federations in order to jointly evaluate the current status of each member against the five principles and 50 indicators. FIH is ready to join in this valuable initiative.
During his presentation, Andrew Ryan said: “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link”– something that is fully embraced by FIH and being followed-up through the new mechanisms presented today.
Later today, Congress will elect a new FIH President, with Leandro Negre’s term in office coming to an end following the Spaniard’s eight year period presiding over the Federation.
Three candidates have been officially nominated by their National Association for this role. They include Australia’s Ken Read, India’s Dr Narinder Batra and Ireland’s David Balbirnie. Learn more and follow the decision here.
The entire Hockey Revolution Part 2 Conference, including the 45th FIH Congress, has been open to media and has been livestreamed here.