Sports Apology Issued

Hasan Ali celebrates the fall of M.S. Dhoni’s wicket at the ICC Champions Trophy tournament at Kensington Oval June 18, 2017. (IANS photo) 

LAUSANNE — The governing body of field hockey has apologized for comments made on social media by president Narinder Batra after India’s loss to Pakistan in an international cricket match.

The International Hockey Federation says “the personal thoughts of Dr. Batra (were) not representative of the views of the FIH.”

The federation says it asked Batra to delete the comments – which it did not detail – made after the June 18 game in London.

The FIH says the incident “will be reviewed internally in line with our governance processes.”

When Batra was elected in November, the FIH said he was the first official from India elected to lead an Olympic sports governing body.

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