FIH mourns the passing of Hardial Singh, FIH Vice President and leading administrator

The world of international hockey has lost a great friend and leading administrator with the death of Hardial Singh Khular of Kenya. Khular, an International Hockey Federation Vice President and President of the African Hockey Federation, died in hospital in October after a sudden illness. He was 69 years of age.

Hardial Singh had a long and successful association with hockey as a player, coach, umpire and administrator. Most recently, he was awarded the Olympic Order in May of this year by International Olympic Committee President, H.E. Juan Antonio Samaranch.

"With Hardial's death, the world hockey family loses not only a hard worker and great defender and proponent of our ideals, but indeed, a true friend, " said FIH President, Juan Angel Calzado in response to the news.

Hardial Singh was remembered fondly by hockey leaders from around the world when they gathered recently in Brussels for the FIH Council meeting. A moment of silence was held in his honour before the meeting began.

Hardial Singh Khular had been a member of the FIH Council since 1966, and became an FIH Vice President in 1992. He served as President of the African Hockey Federation since 1987, and as such, was also a member of the FIH Presidents' Forum since that time. In 1984, he was awarded the FIH's Order of Merit, which is given for "distinguished service" over a period of at least 10 years. Hardial Singh was also a member of the Hockey Rules Board and served on numerous FIH Committees.

As an athlete, his many achievements included representing Kenya in the 1956 Melbourne Olymimages and the 1960 Games in Rome.

The International Hockey Federation extends its sympathies to the family and friends of Hardial Singh Khular, who - like the entire hockey family - were deeply saddened by his death.

Steve Jaspan of South Africa, a member of the FIH Council and the recently-appointed Chairman of the FIH Competitions Committee, has been named as acting President of the African Hockey Federation. Jaspan also served as Chairman of the FIH Global Competition Task Force which recently completed its work after approximately a year.