Batra completed his four-year term as the secretary-general and with no opposition in the HI ranks did not face any problems during his elevation to the top post.

All the office-bearers were elected unopposed at today's meeting. Speaking on the occasion, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said,"I will extend complete support from the Ministry and myself to hockey for competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2018 World Cup in India as I am very much confident that the team will come up with even better results in their upcoming and future tournaments."

Talking about his new role, Batra said,"Also, being appointed as an unopposed President, I feel overwhelmed with the trust and faith that the members have showed in me. I shall strive to live up to the new role that I am stepping into and hoping to justice to it."

He further added,"I would like to thank Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for attending and addressing the event and I am sure that with the support from the Sports Ministry, we will generate better results in the future."

The 'Most Outstanding Member State Unit' award went to Hockey Karnataka and Outstanding Performance Award to Hockey India Staff Member Ashish Kulshrestha.

List of Office Bearers

President: Narinder Batra

Senior Vice Presidents: Mariamma Koshy (Kerala Hockey)

Vice Presidents: Gayathri Shetty (Hockey Karnataka); Shobha Singh (Hockey Rajasthan); Tapan Kumar Das (Assam Hockey); Anandeshwar Pandey (Uttar Pradesh Hockey).

General Secretary: Mohammed Mushtaque Ahmad (Hockey Bihar); Treasurer: Rajinder Singh (Hockey Jammu and Kashmir)

Joint Secretaries: Asha Thakur (Delhi Hockey); Asima Ali (Hockey Jammu & Kashmir); Kishor Singh Bafila (Hockey Uttarakhand); Hitesh Sindwani (Delhi Hockey)

Executive Board Members Madhu Katyal (Uttar Pradesh Hockey); Asunta Lakra (Hockey Jharkhand); Gyanendro Ningombam (Manipur Hockey); Firoz Ansari (Chhattisgarh Hockey); V A Shiyad (Hockey Andaman & Nicobar).

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