Bhubaneswar, India: The Executive Board (EB) of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) took the opportunity of the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 to hold its first meeting of the year today in Bhubaneswar, India, under the chairmanship of FIH President Tayyab Ikram. A few National Associations Presidents present in Bhubaneswar were invited to attend the start of the meeting and exchange with the EB members.

The FIH President opened the meeting by extending the sincerest gratitude of the EB to the Odisha government, Hockey India and the FIH team for their excellent work and commitment to deliver such an outstanding FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup. He added that his first 60 days in his new capacity had been made of “hockey, hockey and more hockey!”. Tayyab Ikram also informed the EB that he used his first weeks as FIH President to engage a large consultation process, with athletes, Continental Federations, National Associations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or the FIH team in particular.

With development being at the heart of the FIH mission, the EB approved a first-of-a-kind project aiming at better engaging with and empowering the National Associations (NAs) around the world. Concrete measures in key focus areas – more hockey pitches, a boost to coaching, more opportunities to compete, more tools to empower NAs - will be implemented shortly.

With a view to cover more inclusion topics than gender, the EB has decided to rename the Women in Sports Committee into “Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee”.

Furthermore, the EB members received detailed reports and updates about a wide range of topics, including hockey development, finance, events, sports, commercial, broadcast or marketing-communications.

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