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Manipur’s Gyanendro Ningombam named as next Hockey India president

Mr. Gyanendro Ningombam has been named as the new officiating president of Hockey India by its Executive Board Friday. He is a former chief executive officer (CEO) of Manipur Hockey.

Hockey India named Mr. Ningombam as its president after predecessor Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad resigned following the sports ministry declaration that the latter’s 2018 election was in violation of the national sports code’s tenure guidelines.

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh met Mr. Ningombam after being selected as the new president of Hockey India at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. 

“Congratulations Shri. Gyanendro Ningombam, on being named as the new officiating President of Hockey India. It is a matter of great pride for Manipur and I believe Indian hockey will be taken to greater heights under your Presidency,” writes Mr. Biren in a Facebook post following the meeting. 

Former president Ahmad served Hockey India in the capacity of secretary-general before taking over as its president in 2018. Under his regime, India hosted the FIH World Cup in 2018 as well as the Olympic Qualifiers in 2019, where the men’s and women’s team qualified for the big-ticket event in Tokyo.

Mr. Ningombam has been associated with Manipur Hockey and has impressed with his work at the grassroots level. He also served as the editor of Meeyam, an evening daily in Manipur.

Ningombam had served as the Chief Executive Officer of Manipur Hockey between 2009 to 2014, following which he rose to the post of the vice president of the body till 2018.

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