Zee Media Bureau
Pune: The crucial two-day meeting of the Asian Athletic Association (AAA) to elect its new president began here on Sunday.
The association will elect its new president on Monday.
Commonwealth Games scam-tainted and current head of the AAA Suresh Kalmadi is seeking a fourth term and will be up against in a close battle with Qatar Athletics Federation president Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad.
Hamad is the current senior vice-president of the Asian body.
The biennial Congress, which begins three days before the July 3-7 Asian Athletics Championships at a five-star hotel here, is also being attended by IAAF President Lamine Diack, besides some top officials from the AAA and the world body.
The Congress, which is the governing body of the association, consists of a Council and not more than two delegates from each member of the AAA. However, each member country will have only one vote in the elections.
Kalmadi, who was jailed and later released on bail in connection with the Commonwealth Games scam, has been at the helm of affairs of the AAA since 2000. Though he has decided not to hold any sports post in the country, he is seeking re-election for the top job of the continental body.
Ironically, though, he will not be involved in any way in the conduct of the Asian Championships which is being held in his home town which he is representing in the Parliament.
Kalmadi`s candidature has got the backing of the AFI which said it did not want to lose a seat in AAA Council.