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Leandro Negre elected as FIH President
Leandro Negre is the new President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The Spanish sports administrator was elected during the FIH Congress in Los Angeles, USA on Saturday for a four years term. Negre received more votes that his opponent Els van Breda Vriesman, Netherlands who has been the FIH President since 2001. A total of 89 National Associations were present at the FIH Congress.
Negre, President of the European Hockey Federation before being elected as FIH President, was delighted with the result. ‘I am very happy to be elected and I would like to thank the National Associations for voting for me’, Negre said.
Leandro is a great friend and supporter of Veterans hockey, and has been of great assistance to WGMA as EHF President in recent years, encouraging the further development of Veterans Over 60s hockey in Europe. He also helped us in organising the first ever Grand Masters European Cup tournament to be held in Spain in March 2008, by introducing us to his local club, Junior FC in Sant Cugat, Barcelona, and the tournament with his assistance proved to be a great success. We are sure that WGMA (and IMHA for Masters Over 40s hockey) will continue to receive his support in furthering the organisation of Veterans hockey throughout the world.
Thanks must also be extended to the former President, Els van Breda Vriesman, for her invaluable assistance in obtaining official recognition of WGMA by the FIH in 2006 - she has been a keen supporter of Masters and Grand Masters hockey development for many years.
Besides the election of Leandro Negre as President, Annabel Dillon (SIN) was re-elected as Vice President. Furthermore, Anne Ellis (WAL), Renita Garard (AUS), Sue Neill (CAN) were re-elected as FIH Executive Board Member, while Stephan Abel (GER) and Jan Albers (NED) were elected as new FIH Executive Board Members. Outgoing Executive Board Members Rosa de Massa (ARG) and Wolfgang Rommel (GER) received the award as FIH Member of Honour.