Imphal: On the momentous occasion of the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Centenary celebration, former FIH President Narinder Dhruv Batra expresses heartfelt greetings and gratitude to the global hockey community. As the FIH marks 100 years since its founding in Paris on January 7, 1924, Batra extends his best wishes to past FIH Presidents, Board Members, Staff, Umpires & Officials, Athletes, Volunteers, Sponsors, Broadcasters, Stakeholders, and the dedicated hockey fans.
Notably, Batra acknowledges the support and guidance received from IOC President Dr. Thomas Bach during his tenure as FIH President. The centenary year aligns with the 2024 Olympics in Paris, a poignant connection as FIH originated in the City of Lights.
Batra, also the first Indian to hold the position of FIH President from 2016 to 2022, plans to personally present mementos to Indian hockey enthusiasts as a token of appreciation for their continued support. Expressing gratitude to the three CEOs he worked with—Kelly Fairweather, David Luckes, and Thierry Weil—Batra reflects on their collective brilliance.
In a message of thanks, Batra and his wife, Chetna, extend their appreciation to everyone who supported him during his six-year term. The sign-off, “God Bless Hockey, God Bless Everyone,” encapsulates the enduring spirit of the sport.
As the hockey community celebrates its rich history and looks towards the future, Batra’s message resonates as a testament to the unity and passion that binds the global hockey family.