BVP Rao has become the new President of the Archery Association of India. He was elected on Saturday, 22 December 2018. His panel won key positions in the election held under the supervision of former Chief Election Commissioner S. Y. Quraishi.
Rao represented the Archery Association of Assam. He beat Rupak Debroy of Tripura by 49 votes to 36 in the contest for the President’s post at the elections held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, reported the Times of India.
On his election, Rao told The Hindu, “We have ended the V.K. Malhotra era. I will focus on the management of the sport which suffered a lot in the last several years. I will see to it that we conduct all national events on time and offer better conditions for the archers.”
Rao promised good facilities to the archers. “The archers will receive quality training, equipment support and competition exposure. We will also develop plans to nurture talent by working in close coordination with various agencies,” Rao added.
He is a retired IAS officer of the Assam cadre. He was also the vice-president of the Archery Association of Assam and earlier was associated with the Sports Authority of India in various capacities.
The secretary’s post went to Maha Singh and D. K. Vidyarthi was elected the new treasurer.
Rajendra Singh Tomar and Purnima Mahato became the vice-presidents while Sunil Sharma was elected the Sr Vice president.
Manoj Kumar and Dhul Chand Damor are the joint-secretaries.
No observer from the Indian Olympic Association and Sports Ministry was present during the much-delayed elections, which were held under controversial circumstances as both bodies wanted the polls to be postponed but the Delhi High Court appointed administrator S. Y. Quraishi was adamant on conducting the polls on Saturday.
Their objections are based on the ground that the amended code of conduct does not tally with the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011.
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