Meeting today after the resignation of Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra on 18th July 2022 from the post of FIH President, the Members of the Executive Board (EB) of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) have:
- Officially accepted the resignation of Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra
- Unanimously appointed FIH EB Member and President of the African Hockey Federation Seif Ahmed (Egypt) as Acting President until the next Presidential elections
- Confirmed that the upcoming FIH Congress will be held virtually, as planned, on 4-5 November 2022, with the Presidential elections taking place on 5 November
Seif Ahmed was a member of Egypt’s national team in 1968 and has long been associated with the sport as both an umpire and a technical official. He has been Treasurer and now President of the African Hockey Federation (AfHF) and is a former member of the Egyptian Olympic Committee. Seif was given the FIH President’s Award in 1999 and the FIH Order of Merit in 2002 in recognition of his long, distinguished, and valuable services to hockey. He joined the FIH Executive Board in 2004. His term as Executive Board Member will end in August 2023. On 20 July 2022, he was appointed Acting FIH President until the next Presidential elections scheduled on 5 November 2022. Seif loves the speed of the game as well as penalty corner set-plays.
Furthermore, the EB has decided to send an FIH delegation to India soon, in order to assess the current situation of Hockey India, especially in view of the next FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup which is currently planned to take place in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in January 2023.
The next Presidential elections will take place during the upcoming FIH Congress which is planned to be held virtually on 4 and 5 November this year.