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Transparency & accountability in sports activities governance

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When final yr mr. Batra received re-elected because the FIH president I wrote “We deserve higher” with an open letter to the directors of our sport. In it I wished to make two factors:

  1. The #1 precedence is getting extra individuals to PLAY the game, not WATCH the game.
  2. Transparency & accountability in governing our sport want to enhance.

Lately the FIH president, mr Batra, introduced he wouldn’t search re-election because the president for the IOA, which is the nationwide Olympic affiliation of India. He claimed this was as a result of hockey was coming into a time with numerous challenges and it wanted his full consideration. What he forgot to say was, he was convicted of malpractice as a sports activities administrator by the Excessive Court docket of Delhi for a number of acts that don’t cross the bar relating to good governance. In case you need to learn the total judgment, click on right here. To date Batra has not dwell as much as guarantees made (income for FIH will go up) or damaged different guarantees he made hockey (I by no means attempt to go for IOA presidency). Clearly the final meeting of NA’s didn’t maintain him accountable final yr. Perhaps the chief board of the FIH will do it this yr? I’m not holding my breath although…

2 columns which might be a should learn

In case you’re solely within the newest outcomes of the workforce you root for or need to see thrilling methods with stick and ball. This may not be your cup of tea. In case you care about the way forward for our recreation although you would possibly need to learn two current columns from Australian journalist Ashley Morrison:

In case you’re a sports activities administrator at a membership, a nationwide or continental affiliation I believe you should learn these and ask your fellow directors to do the best factor. And please bear in mind the 2 factors which might be close to to at the least my coronary heart:

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  1. The #1 precedence is getting extra individuals to PLAY the game, not WATCH the game.
  2. Transparency & accountability in governing our sport want to enhance.

It’s by no means too late to do the best factor…

We’ve run our sport as well-meaning amateurs for a very long time. Instances have modified. Too many NA’s (that’s nationwide associations) and their directors at the moment are in it for themselves as an alternative of the game they need to symbolize. In case you solely spend Olympic and authorities funding in your administration and nationwide groups you’re doing all of your sport a disservice. Organising or attending worldwide occasions and “rising your fanbase” is a method to an finish, not the tip objective.

If you can’t show you’re rising the variety of lively and registered gamers in a sustainable method, you’re doing it unsuitable ⚠️

It’s by no means too late to do the best factor…

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