Narinder Batra gets the extension as FIH president after the postponement of the organism's annual Congress

LAUSANNE: Indian sports administrator Narinder Batra the term like FIH The president was extended on Friday until the next congress of the world body, which was postponed until May of next year due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congress was due to start in New Delhi on October 28, later this year.

The decision to postpone the Congress was taken at an online meeting of the FIH Executive Board.

The exact date will be confirmed as soon as possible, the FIH said in a statement.

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The FIH had pre-informed all 137 National Associations in April about a potential change of dates for the Congress.

This decision, made due to the current uncertainties following the global COVID-19 pandemic, is based on Art. 12.1 of the FIH Statutes, covering cases of force majeure., The FIH stated.

Despite the current challenging times for most organizations, FIH has kept working hard to pursue its mission of developing hockey worldwide. I'm looking forward to the numerous tournaments and competitions ahead of us, which we are preparing with full dedication and passion with all National Associations involved, FIH president Batra said.

I am also very pleased with the success of the online courses which FIH is delivering; this is great for the future of our sport. It is encouraging as well to see that hockey has resumed in some countries, of course with protective measures for the participants' welfare.

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