Stokes elected HI Prez,Narinder Batra Secy Gen
Press Trust of India
Vidya Stokes was on Thursday elected Hockey India President after defeating former national captain Pargat Singh in the much-awaited HI polls.
Stokes, who is the interim HI President, won the straight contest by a big margin of 41-21 though the official results will be announced later as per Supreme Court directives.
The 83-year-old Stokes was fighting the elections after defying government's age limitation guidelines.
Stokes' close ally Narinder Batra also defeated Gunjam Haider of Hockey Arunachal 41-18 for the Secretary General's post.
Another candidate from Stokes' faction, Mustaq Ahmed won the election for treasurer's post after defeating Haider with a margin of 45-17.
The HI polls were postponed four times earlier for varied reasons, most recently on July 28 after the Delhi and Bombay High Courts stayed the election process.