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January 2018 Edition of Power Politics is updated.         January 2018 Edition of Power Politics is updated.
Issue:Jan' 2018


The spirit behind aiming high

Narendra Batra


There is Narendra Batra wave. He is a monarch of Indian sports. He is the new president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in addition to being chief of Hockey India (HI) and the International Hockey Federation (FIH). When he took over FIH reigns, he said he would 'revolutionize' hockey. True, the team is progressing. Now, he said his team would bid for the multiinternational games from Asian to Commonwealth to Olympic games.

Batra's team includes R.K.Anand, unquestionably the most experienced, non-controversial and soft-spoken official. In sports since his education ministry tenure, he has been head of the Indian Sports Institution (NIS) at Patiala and associated with several other disciples in India and abroad. He will be a very important wheel to Batra as senior vice-president. On the eve of the election, two units held their lunch meetings. The team appears on paper one 'family' but it is not so. Anand can help Batra unite the team and achieve big after 'dynastic-politician' rule is over. Randhir Singh, however, has been taken as life president. "I am honoured to be recognized for my humble contribution", said Randhir Singh.
About dozen associations were barred from voting for different reasons reducing the strength from 183 to 168. The Delhi High Court will approve the list after hearing the application regarding violation of the government's sports code. The existing team includes some 'deadwood'. But they have been continuing for decades-hurting the discipline they head or control. FIH president Batra cannot interfere in bilateral hockey affairs between India and Pakistan. The recognition has to come from the two governments first.