PT Usha Elected As Indian Olympic Association Chief, Becomes First Woman To Achieve This Feat


Usha, a top sprinter in her heyday, has also been elected as one of the eight Sportspersons of Outstanding Merit (SOM) by the Athletes Commission of the IOA, making her an electoral college member.

PT Usha Elected As Indian Olympic Association Chief, Becomes First Woman To Achieve This Feat
PT Usha Elected As Indian Olympic Association Chief, Becomes First Woman To Achieve This Feat (Credits: ANI)

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New Delhi: Indian legend PT Usha becomes the first woman to get elected as Indian Olympic Association chief as she ran for the post unopposed in the elections. The 58-year-old Usha, a multiple Asian Games gold medallists and a fourth-place finisher in the 1984 Olympics 400m hurdles final, filed her nomination papers for the top job on Sunday along with her team for the various posts.

The deadline to file nomination papers for the IOA elections ended on Sunday. IOA elections returning officer Umesh Sinha did not receive any nominations on Friday and Saturday but 24 candidates filed nominations for various posts on Sunday.

Usha, a top sprinter in her heyday, has also been elected as one of the eight Sportspersons of Outstanding Merit (SOM) by the Athletes Commission of the IOA, making her an electoral college member.

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She will also become the first Olympian and first international medallist to head the IOA in its 95-year-old history, adding another feather in her cap after dominating Indian and Asian athletics for two decades before retiring in 2000 with a bagful of international medals.

Usha is the first sportsperson to have represented the country and also become IOA chief since Maharaja Yadavindra Singh, who played a Test match in 1934. Singh was the third IOA president who held office from 1938 to 1960.

Inputs from PTI

Published Date: November 28, 2022 5:20 PM IST

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