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Narinder Batra Apologises to Pakistan Hockey Federation For Twitter Outburst

In an attempt to undo the damage done to his reputation, International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Narinder Batra has apologised to Pakistan Hockey Federation for India's black armband protest during a match played between the two arch-rivals.

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Updated:June 23, 2017, 6:46 PM IST
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Narinder Batra Apologises to Pakistan Hockey Federation For Twitter Outburst
In an attempt to undo the damage done to his reputation, International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Narinder Batra has apologised to Pakistan Hockey Federation for India's black armband protest during a match played between the two arch-rivals.

In an attempt to undo the damage done to his reputation, International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Narinder Batra has apologised to Pakistan Hockey Federation for India's black armband protest during a match played between the two arch-rivals.

In his letter to the President of Pakistan's Hockey Federation, reported by Hindustan Times, Batra wrote, "I would like to offer my sincere regrets to PHF and all concerned for using my social media page to make inappropriate comments."

Batra, who was earlier the President of Hockey India before being elected as the chief of the international body, had to delete his tweets as the governing body was not pleased with his outburst. Just like cricket, India and Pakistan have not been involved in any bilateral hockey series and FIH tournaments continue to be the platform where the two teams play each other.

The FIH president clarified that his comments were emotional and that he is aware of the fact that he hurt the sentiments of several people. He further assured that something of this nature will not happen in future.

"My comments were made on the spur of the moment and were an emotional outburst. This will be a lesson for me as I understand I have hurt the feelings of many people as well as placed the FIH in a difficult position…I can reassure PHF that such thing will not happen in the future,” said Batra.

Pakistan hockey chief Shahbaz Ahmed had earlier said that Batra forgot his role as FIH president and it was unbecoming of a man who should be keeping politics aside from hockey.

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| Edited by: Arnab Sen
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