President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, met new International Hockey Federation (FIH) President, Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, at a personal meeting held at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland yesterday (1 December 2016).
The IOC President congratulated Dr Batra on his election as both expressed a keen interest to continue the close and constructive collaboration between the IOC and FIH.
A hot topic of conversation was FIH’s 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy and the Federation’s desire to further align with Olympic Agenda 2020. In particular, issues relating to the promotion of gender equality, protection of clean athletes and good governance were amongst those discussed.
All of these topics featured on the agenda of last month’s Hockey Revolution Part 2 Conference, including the 45th FIH Congress, in Dubai, where Dr Batra was elected with a clear majority of votes.
India’s Dr Batra succeeds Leandro Negre from Spain who also attended the meeting and received a warm farewell from the IOC President.
The FIH delegation was complemented by Executive Board member Tayyab Ikram and CEO Kelly Fairweather.