AFI President, Secy set to be elected unopposed in AGM



AFI President, Secy set to be elected unopposed in AGMNew Delhi: The Athletics Federation of India is all set to elect its president, secretary and treasurer unopposed at its AGM on April 13 and 14 as only one candidate each was left in the fray for the top three posts after the end of deadline for withdrawal of nominations.

The post of senior vice-president will also be elected unopposed at the two-day Annual General Body Meeting to be held at a hotel in Rajokri here.

The elections to the posts of president, secretary and treasurer of the AFI are being held after the Sports Ministry refused to recognise the incumbents chosen in the polls in March last year.

Early this year, following the Ministry`s threat to derecognise it, the AFI amended a clause in its constitution which required that a person must be an existing member of the Executive Committee for seeking election to the post of President/Secretary.

The Sports Ministry had asked the AFI to re-elect the president, secretary and treasurer before the end of February but it later accepted the federation`s request to hold the polls during the AGM.

Adille Sumariwala and C K Valson, who were respectively elected as president and secretary in the AGM in March last year only to be refused recognition by the Sports Ministry, are set to be re-elected as they were the only candidates left in the fray for those posts.

Uttar Pradesh Athletics Association Secretary P K Srivastava is set to become the treasurer while Tamil Nadu unit chief W I Dawaram, who is also currently one of the vice-presidents, would be the senior vice-president.

In the AGM last year, Karnataka unit secretary Satyanarayana was elected as the treasurer but the Sports Ministry refused to recognise on the ground that he had not taken permission from his public sector employers Indian Railways before filing his nominations.

The AGM will also approve annual athletics calendar for this year besides taking stock of the report submitted to the Jharkhand government on AFI`s proposal to hold the Asian Athletics Championships in July in Ranchi after Tamil Nadu government refused to host the prestigious event in Chennai.

Other items in the agenda include discussion on the preparation of Indian athletics team for Asian Athletics Championships and World Championships in Moscow in August and Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Another important item would be to take stock of the increasing number of dope cases and how to tackle the menace as the country has recorded the highest number of track and field drug cheats in the world in recent years as published in the IAAF website.

The AGM will also review the performance of member units and consider disaffiliation of certain member units who are not active or not participating in the AFI developmental programme and did not participate in the competitions.

PTI