60-year-old Dr. Narindar Batra International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief Narinder Batra has been elected as president of the Indian Olympic Association.
Batra secured 142 votes while his rival Anil Khanna got 13 in the two-way contest. His election to the top post was rendered a formality after Khanna, a former All India Tennis Association president, withdrew from the contest in a surprised move.
But there was an election for the president’s post as Khanna sent the withdrawal letter to the IOA-appointed Election Commission after the stipulated deadline of December 3.
Just after winning the election, Dr. Batra said that he would take a proposal to the government to host the 2032 Olympics, 2030 Asian Games and 2026 Commonwealth Games.
“I am yet to take over as the IOA President. But once I settle down, the IOA will take a proposal to the government to host the 2032 Olympics, 2030 Asian Games and 2026 CWG. We should think big but hosting these Games depends on government as it is the government which will sanction the funds,” he told a press conference.
“The IOA hopes to work with the government in a conducive atmosphere. We want to have a good relation with the government but at the same time, the government will also have to draw the line (upto where it can go),” he added.
Asked about sporting relations with Pakistan, Batra said,
“As far as international multilateral events, organised by the international federations are concerned, we have to play against Pakistan. But I think it is not possible to play them in bilateral events unless the relation between the two countries improve. Moreover, their behaviour will have to improve.” he concluded