In recent developments, veteran sports administrator Narinder Dhruv Batra formally resigned from his post as the President of IOA (Indian Olympic Association) and International Hockey Federation (FIH). He also stepped down as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Batra has cited personal reasons as the driving force for many of his resignations.
Due to unavoidable personal circumstances, I submit my resignation from the post of Chairman, to which I was elected in 2017. I express my gratitude for all the guidance and support I have received”, Batra expressed in a brief message sent to the IOA. The former IOA chairman, a member of the executive board, gave the same reasons to the FIH’s board, saying “for personal reasons , I submit my resignation from the post of FIH President”.
Batra’s resignation comes two weeks after a Delhi court refused to stay the order that barred Batra from performing any function as IOA president. Earlier, Batra was removed from the post of IOA chief on May 25 after the court questioned his appointment as a ‘life member’ of Hockey India (HI) and held that it was unconstitutional under the Sports Code. and was illegitimate.
The two-judge bench passed an order which read, “Respondent-3 (Read Batra) was fully aware that it is illegal to remain in the NSF as a Life President and a Life Member. Narinder Batra was given special was formally informed by the Government of India. Within a few days but he nevertheless went ahead and decided to appoint himself as a life member of Hockey India. but was nothing less than a futile attempt, the legality of which depends heavily on the conformity of the Sports Code to the Law”.