New Delhi, Jun 27: Hockey India on Thursday congratulated Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, president, Indian Olympic Association and president, International Hockey Federation and former President, Hockey India on being elected as a Member of the prestigious International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Dr Batra's popularity as a deeply-passionate sports administrator saw him win an overwhelming 58 votes out of the 62 people who cast their vote at the 134th IOC session in Lausanne on Wednesday. He was among the ten members who had been proposed to be elected by the IOC as it's Member by the Executive Board of the IOC. Congratulating Dr Batra on this rare honour, Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, President, Hockey India said, "This is indeed a very proud moment for India as we have a very able representative from our country as the Member of the IOC. It is a prestigious post and none more deserving than Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra who has dedicated his life for professionalizing sports administration in India and also bringing sharp focus on Olympic Sports in our country'.
'Indian Hockey benefited the most under his leadership as Hockey India President as he paved a new path for the sport with his popular initiatives that helped revive the sport. I wish him success and the very best in his new position as a Member of the IOC. We at Hockey India believe his passion and commitment to develop sports will continue to reap benefits globally', he added. Dr Batra is the first and the only Indian to lead the International Hockey Federation (FIH) as it's President. He has been a long-serving, integral leader of sports administration in India and has led the way with path-breaking initiatives.
Further, Dr Batra is the first Indian to be president of any Summer or Winter Olympic Body. He is also the only Indian to be jointly serving as President of International Federation as well as a National Olympic Committee (NOC). Only 15 members get elected to the IOC out of 207 NOC Members of the IOC. With this honour, Dr Batra becomes the only Indian serving as President International Federation, Member IOC as well as President NOC. (UNI)