Hockey’s ‘20-year pass’ to Olympics
HOCKEY will be safe from the threat of Olympic exclusion for the next 20 years, according to world hockey president Narinder Batra.
The sport was one of five in the firing line during an International Olympic Committee session in 2013.
Wrestling was initially dropped from the Tokyo Games while hockey was saved in the penultimate round of voting and remained in the 2020 programme.
Since then, hockey chiefs have attempted to make the sport more commercially viable and television friendly.
And Batra, elected to the FIH top job in November, told The Hockey Paper: “It will be 16-20 years before hockey could be excluded, the way hockey is going and the viewership numbers that are coming up. We are much further ahead than other sports.”
Sally Munday, England Hockey’s chief executive, said at the time: “Being an Olympic sport is like a little bit of fairy dust.”