Legendary Indian athlete PT Usha was elected president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Monday (Nov. 28). Union Law Minister and former Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju congratulated the veteran sprinter on her appointment as president of IOA. On Nov. 26, the 58-year-old took to social media to let everyone know that she has submitted her nomination for the top spot in next month’s IOA election.
The deadline for submitting nomination papers for the IOA elections ended on November 27. IOA election official Umesh Sinha only received nominations for the top post on November 27. On Sunday, however, 24 candidates submitted nominations for various posts.
“Congratulations to the legendary Golden Girl, Smt. PT Usha on his election as President of the Indian Olympic Association. I also congratulate all the sports heroes of our country on their office bearers of the prestigious IOA! A nation is proud of them!” Rijiju tweeted. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) also retweeted Rijiju’s tweet.
Congratulations to the legendary Golden Girl, Smt. PT Usha on his election as President of the Indian Olympic Association. I also congratulate all the sports heroes of our country on their office bearers of the prestigious IOA! The Netherlands is proud of them! pic.twitter.com/LSHHdmMy9H— Kiren Rijiju (@Kiren Rijiju) November 27, 2022
One of the most decorated athletes in India, Usha won four gold medals and seven silver medals at the Asian Games. Usha is one of eight Sportspersons of Outstanding Merit (SOMs) chosen by the newly elected Athletes Commission to vote in the December 10 elections for the new Indian Olympic Association (IOA) executive committee.
The other seven SOMs are Yogeshwar Dutt (wrestling), MM Somaya (hockey), Rohit Rajpal (tennis), Akhil Kumar (boxing), Suma Shirur (shooting), Aparna Popat (badminton) and Dola Banerjee (archery). On November 15, the Supreme Court said its orders related to the adoption of the constitution and elections to the Executive Committee of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) should be followed closely.
The bench said there is broad consensus on Judge Rao’s note that elections should be held on December 10.
(with IANS entry)