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IOA and FIH chief Batra elected IOC member

June 26, 2019 23:49 IST

Narinder Batra

IMAGE: Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra was elected to the prestigious seat during the IOC Session in Lausanne as one of the 10 new members, after garnering 58 votes and four against. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra was elected a member of the International Olympic Committee, on Wednesday.

Batra was elected to the prestigious seat during the IOC Session in Lausanne as one of the 10 new members, after garnering 58 votes and four against.

 

The IOA chief was one of three officials whose election is linked to their roles with their respective organisations, meaning they will relinquish their membership of the IOC if they are replaced in their National Olympic Committee.

Batra's election was announced by IOC chief Thomas Bach and the IOA chief later took the oath by holding the Olympic flag.

With the election of 10 new members, the total number of IOC members rose to 105.

Batra, who is  IOA president since December 2017, now has a rare distinction of becoming a member of the IOC, while heading a National Olympic Committee as well as an international federation. He is the first Indian to have this distinction.

He is already the first Indian to head an international federation of an Olympic sport -- that of FIH (international hockey federation). He was elected as FIH president in November 2016.

"I feel both honoured and energised to be charged with this high responsibility. I can assure everybody of my highest commitment to promote the Olympic values and develop sport globally," Batra said, in a statement from the FIH.

"In addition to my passion for sport and my experience in the management of sports institutions, I'm also a firm believer that sport is one of the very few universal languages that has the power to unite people. I will make sure that the values of hockey, in particular our #EquallyAmazing principle, are always central to my work," he added.

With the election of Batra, the number of Indians currently active members of IOC will rise to two.

Reliance Foundation chairperson Nita Ambani was elected as an individual member of the IOC in 2016. She is the first Indian woman to be elected to the prestigious seat.

Former IOA secretary general Randhir Singh served as member of the IOC from 2001 to 2014 and was made an honorary member after that.

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