During a special meeting in Barcelona, FIH President Tayyab Ikram had the honor of meeting with former FIH Presidents Juan Ángel Calzado and Leandro Negre. Also present at the gathering were EuroHockey President Marcos Hofmann, Spanish Hockey Federation President Santi Deo, and Real Club de Polo President Curro Espinós de Pascual.
The meeting was particularly meaningful as it brought together three past FIH Presidents at the same place at the same time. President Ikram expressed his deep respect and gratitude to Juan Ángel Calzado, his predecessor at the helm of hockey’s world governing body from 1996 to 2001. Calzado was a mentor to Ikram and they exchanged a special FIH memento during their interaction.
The meeting took place at the site of the first FIH Hockey World Cup (Men’s) in 1971, adding historical significance to the gathering. In addition to the meaningful exchange between the FIH Presidents, President Ikram also had important discussions with EuroHockey President Marcos Hofmann. They discussed the development of hockey and how FIH and EuroHockey can work together to support the growth of the sport.
President Ikram expressed his appreciation for the hospitality he received during his time in Barcelona and looked forward to more collaborations and interactions in the future. The meeting was a testament to the enduring spirit of unity among hockey leaders and their commitment to promoting the sport worldwide.