Spain's Leandro Negre is world hockey president
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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