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JAMMU: Hockey Jammu and Kashmir today congratulated Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra on his re-election as president of the world hockey body-the FIH for the second consecutive term.Dr Batra defeated Marc Coudron of Belgium by a slender margin of just two votes during the world body’s virtual 47th Congress.Considered the favourite from the beginning, Batra, who is the also the President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, barely managed to pip Coudron, Belgium Hockey Federation.Dr Batra secured 63 votes as against 61 by his rival in the 124 member Nations.“Son of the soil, Batra is the first non European who will lead the prestigious FIH second time in a row. A total number of 124 Hockey federations of different countries from all over world participated in the election. Earlier he was elected in 2016 as president of the organization,” informed general secretary of Hockey J&K, Dr Taran Singh.Born in Srinagar and Graduated from Amar Singh College, Batra presently lives in Delhi with parental house in Jammu. He was connected with sports since his childhood. He represented J&K in many national hockey championships in various age categoriesDr Batra remained president of J&K Hockey Association from 1999-2009 and later president of Hockey J&K from 2009-2016.He also lead Hockey India for a long time.
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