New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra has stepped down. Last month, the CBI had started a preliminary inquiry against Narinder Batra in the alleged misappropriation of Rs 35 lakh related to Hockey India Fund. Its IOA members had demanded him to leave the post of IOA President.
Narinder Batra said in the statement, ‘At present, world hockey is going through a phase of development. Apart from a new competition, the FIH Hockey Nations Cup, other activities to attract fans are going to start this year. In such a situation, being the President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), more time is needed for all these activities. As a result, I have decided to step down as the President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
“The Central Investigation Agency has received a complaint against Batra, following which it has initiated a preliminary investigation, which is a preliminary step towards proving the prima facie crime,” the CBI said in a statement. Officials said that the complaint alleged that Rs 35 lakh of Hockey India was used for Batra’s personal gain.
Batra has also been accused of interference in matters related to hockey. Narinder Batra sent a short message to the Sports Federation, questioning the performance of the men’s hockey team in the recent tournaments. After this the relationship between Batra and Hockey India deteriorated. Olympian and member of the 1975 World Cup winning team Aslam Sher Khan questioned Batra’s interest in the affairs of Hockey India.
Narinder Batra became the President of the Indian Olympic Association in the year 2017. At present, he is also the President of the International Hockey Federation. Last year, Batra was elected president of the FIH for the second consecutive term and will hold the position till 2024. Batra has also been the President of Hockey India (HI).