In a surprise pattern, the legendary P T Usha on Saturday launched that she’s going to contest for the put up of Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) president when the sports body holds its election on December 10. The 58-year-extinct Usha, a extra than one Asian Games gold medallists and fourth hassle finisher in the 1984 Olympics 400m hurdles closing, made the announcement thru a tweet. “With the warmth toughen of my Fellow Athletes and Nationwide Federations I’m humbled and honoured to pick up and file for the Nomination of the President Of IOA!,” Usha tweeted.
The time limit to file nomination papers for the IOA elections ends on Sunday. In accordance with IOA elections returning officer Umesh Sinha no nomination has been filed for any put up up to now since the approach started on Friday.
Usha, a high sprinter in her heyday, has also been elected as one of the eight Sportspersons of Outstanding Merit (SOM) by the Athletes Price of the IOA, making her an electoral college member.
Usha, fondly is believed as ‘Payyoli Notify’, is being seen as a candidate of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Procure together which had nominated her as a Rajya Sabha member in July.
She is one of the embellished Indian athletes, having won 11 medals, including four gold in the Asian Games from 1982 and 1994.
She won the overall four gold in the 1986 Seoul Asan Games — 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay — and likewise bagged a silver in the 100m.
Usha also won a 100m and 200m medals in the 1982 Original Delhi Asian Games. She also won a implausible 23 medals, including 14 gold, in the Asian Championships from 1983 to 1998, collectively in 100m, 200m, 400m hurdles, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay.
But she is most remembered for missing out on a medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics 400m hurdles closing, the set up she used to be overwhelmed by Cristieana Cojocaru of Romania by one hundredth of a second.
If she is elected as president on December 10, Usha will change into the first sportsperson to be pleased represented the nation and likewise change into IOA chief since Maharaja Yadavindra Singh, who done a Test match in 1934.
Singh used to be the third IOA president who held hassle of enterprise from 1938 to 1960.
The sudden announcement of Usha as presidential candidate has taken some IOA officials without note. Most of them must now not willing to focus on on file, merely asserting that they level-headed be pleased in some unspecified time in the future to assume their future route of movement.
Now now not too long ago, a identical deliver arose in All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) when Kalyan Chaubey — a BJP leader from West Bengal and a outmoded goalkeeper — entered the fray as surprise candidate in the elections held below the supervision of the Supreme Courtroom and grabbed the pinnacle job.
The IOA elections are also being held below the supervision of SC-appointed retired apex court docket assume L Nageswara Rao below the fresh structure ready by him.
The IOA adopted the fresh structure on November 10 after getting approval from the World Committee.
The IOA has been a faction-ridden body for long and it remains to be seen if the rival officials reach together for a fight against Usha in the gentle of the fresh developments.
The 77-sturdy IOA electoral college has nearly 25 per cent outmoded athletes with a host of present and outmoded sportspersons, including Olympic medallists P V Sindhu, Gagan Narang, Sakshi Malik, Yogeshwar Dutt and M M Somaya amongst its participants.
There are 66 participants from 33 Nationwide Sports activities Federations which be pleased nominated one male and one female each, eight SOMs (four male and four female), two from the Athletes Price (one male and one female) and a member of World Olympic Committee in India, Nita Ambani.
The IOA electoral college also extra females participants (39) than male (38).
The IOA polls will be held to elect one president, one senior vice-president, two vice-presidents (one male and one female), one treasurer, two joint secretaries (one male and one female), six other Executive Council participants, out of which two (one male and one female) shall be from the elected SOMs.
Two participants of the Executive Council (one male and one female) could be the Athletes’ Price representatives.
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