AFI appoints Chaudhary as its Secretary till CWG

Pune: The Athletics Federation of India (AFI)
on Tuesday elected Ravinder Chaudhary as its officiating secretary
till the Commonwealth Games during their executive council
meeting here.

The executive committee also appointed a five-member
panel to be chaired by Supreme Court lawyer and vice-president
Sushil Salwan to take appropriate action against the 10km
Bangalore International Run which has been deemed unauthorised
by the AFI.

The members also reviewed the performances of the
athletes and made a projection of six to eight medals in
athletics at the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in New
Delhi from October 3-14.

"Ravinder Chaudhary has been appointed as the officiating
secretary of the federation till the Commonwealth Games
(October 30) and it has been accepted unanimously by the
house," the outgoing secretary Dr Lalit K Bhanot told reporters.

On the performance of the athletes and the coaches,
Bhanot said, "We are not very happy with their performance but
it`s satisfactory. We hope to get about six to eight medals in
the CWG and more than 15 medals are expected at the Asian
Games (to be held in China in November)."

He further said there would be strict guidelines in place
to regulate the meets in India and top consultancy firm Ernst
& Young (EY) will be hired.

"A five-member committee will submit its report within 30
days to inquire into who took part in the unauthorised 10km
Bangalore run. If required, we will issue showcause notices to
the athletes," Bhanot said.

"There will be a committee to review the athletic
calendar and how it can be done smoothly and it will be
chaired jointly by (working AFI president) Adil Sumariwala and
JS Saini.

"Another committee has been formed to look into the
racism charges made by Wahida Rahman against (coach of India`s
middle-distance athletics team), Nikolai Snesarev. The
committee chaired by Sumariwala and Chaudhary will inquire
both the parties and give the report by 30 days," Bhanot said.

Bureau Report

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