During a recent meeting in Barcelona, FIH President Tayyab Ikram had the pleasure of meeting with three past FIH Presidents: Juan Ángel Calzado, Leandro Negre, and Santi Deo. Also present were EuroHockey President Marcos Hofmann and Real Club de Polo President Curro Espinós de Pascual. This special occasion marked the first time that all three past presidents gathered at the same place at the same time.
During the meeting, President Ikram expressed his admiration and respect for Juan Ángel Calzado, who served as FIH President from 1996 to 2001. Calzado was a mentor to Ikram and their interaction 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.
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 the growth of the sport. 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.