IOA's elections to be held in Pune on Oct 10

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Pune, Oct 9 (UNI) The annual general body meeting and elections for the Members of the Executive Council of the Indian Olympics Association (IOA) will be held here tomorrow, two days ahead of the third Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG).

This is the first time that the meeting and elections will be held in Pune.

In this elections, the IOA President and MP Suresh Kalmadi is likely to retain his post for the fourth consecutive term. He was first elected President 12 years ago.

The IOA elections are held once in four years and will house a president, a senior vice-president, 12 vice-presidents, a secretary general, six joint secretaries, a treasurer, nine members from the representatives of State Olympic Associations and 15 members from the representatives of national sports federations, associations and the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB).

According to the amendment in the IOA constitution, a post of president, senior vice-president, and secretary general can be contested by only one who had held the office in the preceding executive council of the body for four years.

On the eve of the elections, UNI learnt that the elections to all the posts could be unanimous, following Kalamadi's ability to get more funds for sports in the wake of 2008 CYG and the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CG), slated to be held in New Delhi.

The AGM will also discuss the Chef-de-Mission report concerning the Beijing Olympics and Children of Asia Games held in Russia from July four to 12.

It is also learnt that the senior national hockey championship has been allotted to the Maharashtra Hockey Association (MHA) now being headed by Victor Ellis, a former joint secretary of the now disbanded Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).


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