The International Hockey Federation has issued a warning and imposed a fine upon its own president Dr Narinder Batra. The disciplinary action does not
prevent Batra from undertaking any duties as president of the organisation.
Batra, who is also the Indian Olympic Association president, was under investigation by the FIH Executive Board after he released an angry outburst
on social media during the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in London last year.
At the event, in which India were competing, Batra accused the English law enforcement authorities of questioning the then captain of the India men’s
hockey team, Sardar Singh, in an inappropriate manner. Singh was questioned by police in relation to an alleged sexual assault.
Singh’s questioning took place the day before India played Pakistan in the HWL competition. It was the timing of the questioning which prompted the
outburst from the FIH president.
A statement on the FIH website said:
"The FIH Replacement Disciplinary Commissioner has concluded a disciplinary proceeding against the President of the FIH, Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, regarding
a Facebook post on 19 June 2017 on his personal account in which English law enforcement authorities were accused of acting in an inappropriate
manner in relation to the summoning of Indian player Sardar Singh during the Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final London 2017. Dr Batra regrets
his actions and has publicly apologised for his emotional statement.
"Dr Batra was given a written warning. He shall pay an undisclosed amount to a sports charity institution and bear the costs of the disciplinary
"He is not restricted in any way to pursue his functions as the FIH President."
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