IOA elections: PT Usha to be officially elected as first woman president

New Delhi:

The legendary PT Usha will be officially elected as the first woman president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) during the governing body’s polls on Saturday, ushering in a new era in country’s sports administration.

The 58-year-old Usha, a multiple Asian Games gold medallist and fourth place finisher in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics 400m hurdles final, will be declared elected unopposed for the top post in the polls being held under the supervision of Supreme Court-appointed retired SC judge L Nageswara Rao.

The elevation of Usha to the top job will also mark the end of the long drawn crisis in the faction-ridden IOA, which was warned of a possible suspension by the International Olympic Committee if elections, originally due in December last year, are not held this month.