45th Congress

The Candidates

FIH President
Three candidates have been officially nominated by their National Association for the role of FIH President.

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Irish hockey has been enjoying a resurgence as of late, culminating in their first appearance at the Olympics in 108 years. David Balbirnie has been at the heart of Ireland’s recent success. The former National Team Manager has been involved in the administration of the Irish, European and the International Hockey Federations, establishing a reputation as a collaborative decision maker with renowned financial acumen. In addition to his professional skills, Balbirnie aims to build stronger relationships with National Associations to ensure collaborative working drives the development of the sport. Read his full profile here.

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Leading hockey’s resurgence in India is Dr Narinder Batra – an International Hockey Federation Board Member and President of Hockey India. Fuelled by his passion for the sport, his strong international business acumen has transformed his National Association, helped by the launch of the Hockey India League, globally renowned for its innovation and professionalism. Dr Batra aims to build on this success by not only growing the number of countries playing hockey, but also ensuring more countries are competitive so that the best of the sport is showcased. Read his full profile here.

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Former Australian national player, Coach and Team Manager Ken Read has extensive experience in the sport. The two-time Hockey World Cup and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Technical Delegate played a crucial role in developing FIH’s New Event Portfolio which will transform the sport of hockey. The current Chair of the Tasmania Hockey Board, FIH Event Portfolio Panel, FIH Event Evaluation Panel and the FIH Competitions Committee, aims to strengthen hockey’s position through robust governance, with an aim of making every young person’s dream of Olympic participation possible. Read his full profile here.

FIH Executive Board
Four positions as Ordinary Members will be elected at Congress, or five if current Board Member Dr Narinder Batra is elected as President.

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Sue Catton – England

Current International Hockey Federation (FIH) Board Member; Head of Events and Competitions, England Hockey; Event Manager for the women’s Hockey World Cup 2018.
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Mary Cicinelli – Canada

Current FIH Board Member, Former President of Field Hockey Canada; Former Canada women’s National Team Manager.
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Danae Andrada – Uruguay

Pan-American Hockey Federation Executive Board Director; President of Uruguayan Hockey Federation; Director of the Uruguayan Sports Confederation.
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Hazel Kennedy – Zambia

Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Zambia; President of the Zambia Hockey Association; Former Executive Board Member of the African Hockey Federation.
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Erik Cornelissen – Netherlands

President of the Royal Dutch Hockey Federation (KNHB); Member of the FIH Risk and Compliance Committee; Board Member of Topsport Amsterdam.
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Santiago Deo – Spain

President of the Spanish Hockey Federation (RFEH); Member of the Executive Board of the Spanish Olympic Committee; Former Olympic and World Cup Umpire.
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Michael Green – Germany

Outgoing Chair of the FIH Athletes’ Committee (a position on the FIH Executive Board); Olympic gold medallist; Medical Officer at the Olympic Games (London 2012 & Rio 2016).
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Shawn Hindy – USA

President of USA Field Hockey; Athlete Representative to the US Olympic Committee; played and coached hockey in over 40 countries.
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Tayyab Ikram – Macau

Member of the International Olympic Committee Sport and Active Society Commission; CEO of the Asian Hockey Federation; Secretary General Macau Hockey Association.
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Voting process
Voting and statutory matters will take place on day two of the Hockey Revolution Conference, 12th November.

All votes required up to, and including Statutes amendments will be done by a show of hands (red and green cards).

Elections will be held via secret ballot e-voting, using the same system that was used in Marrakesh (on tablet devices).


Voting notes:

  • Amendments to Statutes require a Special Majority - more than 75% of those in the room and entitled to vote
  • Elections require an Absolute Majority: more than 50% of those in the room and entitled to vote

All other resolutions (ie: the votes on accepting the Accounts, etc.) are by Simple Majority, more than 50% of the votes validly cast

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