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Transparency & accountability in sports activities governance


When final yr mr. Batra obtained re-elected because the FIH president I wrote “We deserve higher” with an open letter to the directors of our sport. In it I wished to make two factors:

  1. The number one precedence is getting extra individuals to PLAY the game, not WATCH the game.
  2. Transparency & accountability in governing our sport want to enhance.

Just lately the FIH president, mr Batra, introduced he wouldn’t search re-election because the president for the IOA, which is the nationwide Olympic affiliation of India. He claimed this was as a result of hockey was getting into a time with a lot of challenges and it wanted his full consideration. What he forgot to say was, he was convicted of malpractice as a sports activities administrator by the Excessive Courtroom of Delhi for a number of acts that don’t cross the bar in the case of good governance. In case you wish to learn the total judgment, click on right here. To date Batra has not dwell as much as guarantees made (income for FIH will go up) or damaged different guarantees he made hockey (I by no means attempt to go for IOA presidency). Clearly the final meeting of NA’s didn’t maintain him accountable final yr. Perhaps the manager board of the FIH will do it this yr? I’m not holding my breath although…

2 columns which are a should learn

For those who’re solely within the newest outcomes of the workforce you root for or wish to see thrilling tips with stick and ball. This won’t be your cup of tea. For those who care about the way forward for our sport although you would possibly wish to learn two current columns from Australian journalist Ashley Morrison:

For those who’re a sports activities administrator at a membership, a nationwide or continental affiliation I believe you must learn these and ask your fellow directors to do the appropriate factor. And please keep in mind the 2 factors which are close to to not less than my coronary heart:

  1. The number one precedence is getting extra individuals to PLAY the game, not WATCH the game.
  2. Transparency & accountability in governing our sport want to enhance.

It’s by no means too late to do the appropriate factor…

We’ve run our sport as well-meaning amateurs for a very long time. Occasions have modified. Too many NA’s (that’s nationwide associations) and their directors at the moment are in it for themselves as a substitute of the game they need to signify. For those who solely spend Olympic and authorities funding in your administration and nationwide groups you’re doing all your sport a disservice. Establishing or attending worldwide occasions and “rising your fanbase” is a way to an finish, not the top objective.

If you can’t display you might be rising the variety of lively and registered gamers in a sustainable method, you’re doing it unsuitable ⚠️

It’s by no means too late to do the appropriate factor…

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