International Field Hockey Federation’s Secretary General Retires

October 5, 2011

The International Field Hockey Federation (FIH) have announced that their respected secretary general Peter Cohen will retire with immediate effect.

However their was no reason given for his sudden departure.

The Australian citizen has been the secretary general since 2001. Prior to that, Cohen served as an FIH vice president and the president of Hockey Australia. 

During his years of involvement with the FIH, Cohen was also the chairman of the 2004 World Cup chair of the events and competitions committee, a member of the marketing and bid committees, a technical director, tournament official and judge at countless international hockey tournaments and an honorary life member of the FIH.

Leandro Negre, FIH President, said:  “Finding someone to fill Peter’s enormous shoes will be very difficult. He was someone who always served the FIH with fairness and wisdom. It was with a heavy heart that I learned of his wish to retire. I wish Peter all the best in his future endeavors.”

Cohen, 68, is a lawyer by profession in his native Australia. His background as a lawyer enabled him to help the FIH with its Statutes and build the foundation as it pursued its strategic plan.

FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather, said: “Peter has been instrumental in so many of the FIH initiatives. His dedication, knowledge and experience in the game are virtually unmatched.”