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India: Elena Norman Resigns As Hockey India CEO

The Federation thanked her for her unparalleled contributions to Indian hockey

New Delhi, 27 February 2024: Lengthy-serving CEO of Hockey India, Elena Norman on Tuesday resigned from her publish after holding the place for almost 13 years. 

Throughout her regime within the high job, the Indian Males and Ladies’s Hockey groups soared to nice heights, attaining profession greatest world rankings in addition to a historic feat within the Tokyo Olympic Video games the place the Indian Males clinched a Bronze medal ending a 41-yearlong medal drought whereas the ladies completed at an unprecedented fourth place. 

Below her management, the Federation hosted two consecutive editions of FIH Males’s Hockey World Cup in 2018 and 2023, two FIH Junior Males’s World Cup in 2016 and 2021 and likewise efficiently hosted 5 editions of the Hockey India League, a franchise-based league that catapulted the efficiency of Indian Males’s Hockey Group with children attending to rub shoulders with among the most elite world hockey stars. Hockey India, in her tenure, hosted quite a few worldwide hockey occasions together with the FIH Champions Trophy, FIH World League Finals in 2015 and 2017, FIH Olympic Qualifiers in 2019 and 2024 in addition to the FIH Hockey Professional League house video games. 

Elena was additionally on the forefront of bringing Ladies’s hockey to limelight, offering them equal amenities because the Males’s Hockey Group together with money awards recognising standout performances in Worldwide occasions by way of the Hockey India Annual Awards. 

She was notably instrumental within the success of the ladies’s workforce that certified for the 2016 Rio Olympics, a historic feat because the workforce certified for the primary time and took part within the Olympics after 36 years. 

The workforce additionally clinched successive Olympic berth in 2019 by way of the Olympic Qualifiers held in Bhubaneswar. 

The CEO’s additionally spearheaded the launch of Hockey India Coaches Training Pathway, that geared up the home coaches with world requirements of teaching practices together with varied initiatives for the Indian Technical and Match Officers.

Accepting her resignation, Hockey India President Padma Shri Dr Dilip Tirkey stated, “I wish to specific my gratitude for Elena’s time and dedication. Not solely because the President of Hockey India but in addition as a former participant and avid hockey fanatic, I wish to formally acknowledge and lengthen my honest gratitude for her outstanding contributions over the past 12-13 years. Her dedication and efforts have performed a pivotal position in propelling Hockey India and Indian hockey to the commendable place they maintain immediately. I want her nice success in all her future endeavors.” 

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