Spain’s Leandro Negre is world hockey president

November 30th, 2008 - 7:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Nov 30 (IANS) Spain’s Leandro Negre was elected president of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for a four-year term during the world body’s congress in Los Angeles Saturday.The Spanish sports administrator defeated Els van Breda Vriesman of the Netherlands who had been the FIH president since 2001. A total of 89 national associations were present at the FIH Congress.

Negre, president of the European Hockey Federation before being elected as FIH chief, said: “I am very happy to be elected and I would like to thank the national associations for voting for me and I would also like to thank Els van Breda Vriesman for the excellent work she did for hockey.”

During the congress, the FIH welcomed five new National Associations: Mongolia, Qatar, Togo, Vanuatu and Macedonia. With this, the number of FIH member countries has increased to 127.

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