Lausanne (Switzerland): Egypt’s Seif Ahmed has been appointed as the acting president of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) following the resignation of India’s Narinder Batra, the FIH said in a statement on Wednesday.
The FIH said that a permanent successor to Batra is due to be elected in November. The appointment of Ahmed was announced following an FIH Executive Board meeting, which officially accepted Batra’s resignation.
“Officially accepted the resignation of Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra Unanimously appointed FIH EB Member and President of the African Hockey Federation Seif Ahmed (Egypt) as Acting President until the next Presidential elections,” the FIH said.
Former Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chief Narinder Batra on Monday resigned from the post of International Hockey Federation (FIH) president, thus relinquishing all three top posts — IOA chief, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and FIH head — he was holding.
On Monday (July 18), in a letter to the executive board of the FIH, the 65-year-old businessman-cum-sports administrator, said, “Due to personal reasons, I submit my resignation from the post of president, FIH. Thank you for your support and guidance.”
Batra, who had ceased to be the IOA chief when the Delhi High Court on May 25, struck down the post of ‘Life Member’ in Hockey India (HI), on which he had contested the IOA polls in 2017 and won, also resigned from his post of IOC member on Monday.