With no other nomination, PT Usha will be next IOA chief

PT Usha, one of India’s best athletes ever, becomes the first woman-athlete chief of the Indian Olympic Association.

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PT Usha, one of India’s best athletes ever, becomes the first woman-athlete chief of the Indian Olympic Association. Her claiming the top post is assured, because, till the end of nomination time on November 27, nobody else had filed any nomination to the post of president of the IOA.

The 58-year-old Usha, a multiple Asian Games gold medallist and a fourth-place finisher in the 1984 Olympics 400m hurdles final, had filed her nomination in time.

The election to the IOA executive council is scheduled to be held on December 10, but with the nominations closing on November 27, she is set to take over one of the most powerful positions in Indian sport.

Besides the president’s post, there will be no contest for the post of senior vice-president (Ajay H Patel) and treasurer (Sahdev Yadav). Patel is vice-president of the National Rifle Association of India while Yadav is president of the Indian Weightlifting Federation. There will be voting for one of the two vice-president posts, two posts of joint secretaries, and four posts of the executive council, subject to scrutiny and withdrawal of nominations.

Usha, known as the Payyoli Express, became the face of Indian track and field in the 80s. She has four gold medals at the Asian Games (1982, 1984) and narrowly missed an Olympic medal in 1984 Los Angeles Games when she finished 4th in 400m hurdles.

“With the warm support of my fellow athletes and National Federations I am humbled and honoured to accept and file for the nomination of the President of the IOA,” Usha tweeted. She put out a picture of her team that filed nominations for various IOA posts on November 27.