Negre to run for another term as FIH president

Spaniard also to bid for ASOIF position
Monday, March 16th, 2015
Leandro Negre

FIH president Leandro Negre will stand for another term in the 2016 elections. Photo: Peter Savage

The International Hockey Federation executive board has decide to back president Leandro Negre to stand for election for another term as the organisation's head in November 2016.

Negre will also try to secure a place on the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) Council during the next meeting of the General Assembly of ASIOF on April 22.

The executive board also gave its backing to the International Olympic Committee's 'Agenda 2020', and its 'event-based' rather than 'sport-based' approach.

Exactly what this will mean in practice is being debated widely among many sports. But the 28-sport limit is gone to be replaced by a limit of around 310 on events. Host countries can also include extra events - if they fund them.

Other key decisions from the IOC in December included allowing joint-country hosting bids.

Despite the uncertainty the FIH executive board unanimously backed the IOC changes: Negre said: "Hockey is thrilled to be part of this process. These are exciting times and as a matter of principle, Olympic Agenda 2020 will feature as a fixed item during our executive board meetings.

"It is important for us to analyse the implications and to discuss the contributions that we can make.  We will also strongly involve our Athletes’ Committee in this regard.”