The legendary P.T. Usha is ready to develop into the primary girl president of Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) as she emerged because the lone candidate for the highest publish for the December 10 elections.
The 58-year-old Usha, a a number of Asian Video games gold medallists and a fourth-place finisher within the 1984 Olympics 400m hurdles remaining, filed her nomination papers for the highest job on Sunday alongside together with her staff for the varied posts.
The deadline to file nomination papers for the IOA elections ended on Sunday. IOA elections returning officer Umesh Sinha didn’t obtain any nominations on Friday and Saturday however 24 candidates filed nominations for varied posts on Sunday.
Ms. Usha, a high sprinter in her heyday, has additionally been elected as one of many eight Sportspersons of Excellent Benefit (SOM) by the Athletes Fee of the IOA, making her an electoral school member.
She may also develop into the primary Olympian and first worldwide medallist to move the IOA in its 95-year-old historical past, including one other feather in her cap after dominating Indian and Asian athletics for twenty years earlier than retiring in 2000 with a bagful of worldwide medals.
Ms. Usha is the primary sportsperson to have represented the nation and in addition develop into IOA chief since Maharaja Yadavindra Singh, who performed a Check match in 1934. Singh was the third IOA president who held workplace from 1938 to 1960.
There can be contests for one publish of vp (feminine), joint secretary (feminine). There have been 12 candidates within the fray for 4 government council members.
The IOA polls can be held to elect one president, one senior vice-president, two vice-presidents (one male and one feminine), one treasurer, two joint secretaries (one male and one feminine), six different Govt Council members, out of which two (one male and one feminine) shall be from the elected SOMs.
Two members of the Govt Council (one male and one feminine) would be the Athletes’ Fee representatives.
Ajay Patel of Nationwide Rifle Affiliation of India (NRAI) is ready to be the senior vice-president as he’s additionally the lone candidate for the publish.
Olympic medallist shooter Gagan Narang can be the one candidate for the publish of 1 male vp. Two candidates – Rajlaxmi Singh Deo, Alaknanda Ashok – have, nevertheless, filed nominations for the lone publish of girl vice-president.
Indian Weightlifting Federation president Sahdev Yadav can be elected unopposed because the treasurer.
All India Soccer Federation president Kalyan Chaubey would be the male joint secretary whereas there have been three candidates – Alaknanda Ashok, Shalini Thakur Chawla and Suman Kaushik – for the lone feminine joint secretary’s publish.
Olympic medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and archer Dola Banerjee would be the female and male consultant of the eight SOMs within the government council.
Twelve candidates have, nevertheless, filed nominations for the remaining 4 government council members. They’re Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan, Cyrus Poncha, Lt Gen Harpal Singh, Bhupender Singh Bajwa, Rohit Rajpal, Amitabh Sharma, Shalini Thakur Chawla, Prashant Khushwaha, Vitthal Shirgaonkar, Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Digvijay Chautala and Harjinder Singh.
The scrutiny of the nomination papers can be performed on Tuesday and the legitimate nominated record can be introduced the subsequent day. Withdrawal of candidature might be performed from December 1-3 and the ultimate record of candidates can be put up on December 4.
Ms. Usha, fondly referred to as the ‘Payyoli Categorical’, is being seen as a candidate of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Occasion which had nominated her as a Rajya Sabha member in July.
Just lately, an identical state of affairs arose within the AIFF when Chaubey – a BJP chief from West Bengal and a former goalkeeper – entered the fray as shock candidate within the elections held underneath the supervision of the Supreme Courtroom and grabbed the highest job.
Ms. Usha is among the most adorned Indian athletes, having gained 11 medals, together with 4 gold within the Asian Video games from 1982 to 1994.
She gained all of the 4 gold within the 1986 Seoul Asian Video games – 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay – and in addition bagged a silver within the 100m.
Ms. Usha gained a 100m and 200m medals within the 1982 New Delhi Asian Video games. She additionally gained an exceptional 23 medals, together with 14 gold, within the Asian Championships from 1983 to 1998, collectively in 100m, 200m, 400m hurdles, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay.
However she is most remembered for lacking out on a medal on the Los Angeles Olympics 400m hurdles remaining, the place she was crushed by Cristieana Cojocaru of Romania by one hundredth of a second.
The IOA elections are being held underneath the supervision of SC-appointed retired apex court docket choose L Nageswara Rao underneath the brand new structure ready by him.
The IOA adopted the brand new structure on November 10 after getting approval from the worldwide committee.
The 77-strong IOA electoral school has almost 25% former athletes with a number of present and former sportspersons, together with Olympic medallists P V Sindhu, Gagan Narang, Sakshi Malik, Yogeshwar Dutt and M M Somaya.
There are 66 members from 33 Nationwide Sports activities Federations which have nominated one male and one feminine every, eight SOMs (4 male and 4 feminine), two from the Athletes Fee (one male and one feminine) and a member of Worldwide Olympic Committee in India, Nita Ambani.
The IOA electoral school additionally has extra girls members (39) than male (38).