Mumbai: Narinder Batra, 65-yr-old-, steps down as president of International Hockey Federation and also resigned from his post of International Olympic Committee (IOC) council member on the same day as well He has also resigned as International Hockey Federation ( FIH) president due to his personal reasons.
In three separate letters, Batra officially tendered his resignations from the IOA, IOC and FIH respectively and to IOC’s president Thomas Bach, Batra thanked them for their “support and guidance”. “Due to personal reasons, I submit my resignation from the post of president for which I was elected in 2017. Thank you for your support and guidance,” Batra wrote in his brief message to the IOA’s executive board members. In a similar communication to the FIH’s EB, Batra stated: “Due to personal reasons, I submit my resignation from the post of president FIH”. Later, in his letter to Bach, Batra wrote: “Due to personal reasons, I submit my resignation from the post of IOC member. Thank you for your support and guidance.”
In 2019, Batra was inducted as an IOC member and later became a member of its Olympic Channel Commission. Delhi High Court ruled last month that Batra should stop acting as IOA President in a case related to his controversial position as life member at Hockey India.
He was re-elected as the FIH president for a second term in May 2021. Batra issued a statement on May 25 announcing his decision to not contest the upcoming elections. “At a time when world hockey is going through an essential development phase, with the promotion of Hockey5s, the creation of a new competition this year the FIH Hockey Nations Cup and the launch of fan-engaging platforms and activities, my role as President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) requires more time for all these activities,” Batra said in the statement.