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Headlines from FIH Congress and Executive Board Meetings in Leipzig
29 Nov 2004 17:59

Headlines from FIH Congress and Executive Board Meetings in Leipzig



The Samsung Indoor World Cups 2007 have been awarded to Austria, it was decided at International Hockey Federation’s (FIH’s) Executive Board meetings, which concluded on Sunday 28th November.  The men’s and women’s events will be held concurrently in Vienna from 14-18 February 2007.



At the FIH Congress, the following were elected to the FIH Executive Board for a four year period:

Mrs Els van Breda Vriesman (NED), re-elected as president

Ms Annabel Dillon (SIN) elected as vice-president.  Annabel replaces Pam Tye (AUS)

Ms Anne Ellis (GAL), president of Welsh Hockey Union and secretary of FIH Development and Coaching Committee, was elected as a new member of the FIH Executive Board.


Re-elected for 4 year periods:

Dr Sue Neill (CAN)

Ms Joke Bougon (FRA)

Mr David Balbirnie (IRL)

Mr Wolfgang Rommel (GER)


Mr Jean-Pierre Strebel (SUI) replaces Mr Douglas Grey (IRL) as Hon Treasurer for 2 years.


Ms Mercedes Coghen (ESP), gold-medallist for the Spanish women’s team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games replaces Sean Kerly (GBR) as Athletes Representative on the FIH Executive Board.



The FIH congress accepted membership applications from the national hockey associations of Cambodia, Panama and Tonga, taking its total number of affiliated full members to 117 world-wide.



Founded in 1924 by Paul Leautey (FRA), FIH celebrated its eightieth birthday at the congress with the official inauguration of its new WorldHockey identity.  Devised earlier this year the branding will represent the FIH and promote its major events in an attractive, contemporary format.  FIH President, Els van Breda Vriesman, commented, “Hockey has developed enormously as a global sport for both genders over these 80 years.  However, like all sports, our biggest challenge is to continue to appeal to the today’s youth.  The WorldHockey identity will help us achieve this and it is the best possible way of celebrating our birthday.”


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