The Hockey Insider: Indian domination of FIH looks set to continue as Narinder Batra's opponents yield ground
Incumbent FIH President Narinder Batra is in pole position to become the chief of the international hockey federation for another term as his detractors, primarily from Europe, are in complete disarray, reports The Hockey Insider.
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Hockey India on Saturday congratulated its president Narinder Batra, who has been elected as the new President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) at the 45th FIH Congress in Dubai.
Batra's win means the power centre of the sport will now move to Asia from Europe, which had been ruling international hockey for decades.
McCracken has also served as a board member for Hockey New Zealand and has played an important role in the development of hockey, especially umpiring, both in his homeland and internationally.
In a significant development for Indian hockey, national federation chief Narinder Batra has been nominated as one of the three candidates for the all-powerful post of FIH president following the completion of incumbent Leandro Negre's tenure.
Negre said the event is the perfect platform for talented young hockey players to make a name for themselves.