It was a remarkable meeting in Barcelona as FIH President Tayyab Ikram sat down 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 occasion brought together three past FIH Presidents at the same place at the same time.
President Ikram took the opportunity to express his honor and respect for Juan Ángel Calzado, his predecessor who led hockey’s world governing body from 1996 to 2001. Calzado played a pivotal role in shaping Ikram’s career and the interaction between them was particularly meaningful as they exchanged a FIH memento. The meeting took place at the site of the first FIH Hockey World Cup (Men’s) in 1971, adding historical significance to the gathering.
During the meeting, President Ikram also had important discussions with EuroHockey President Marcos Hofmann about the development of hockey and how FIH and EuroHockey can work together to support its growth. He expressed his gratitude for the hospitality he received during his time in Barcelona and looked forward to more collaborations and interactions in the future.