Batra declared elected as IOA president, Mehta Secy-Gen

New Delhi, Publish Date: Dec 15 2017 1:33AM | Updated Date: Dec 15 2017 1:33AM
Batra declared elected as IOA president, Mehta Secy-Gen

International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief Narinder Batra was today elected as president of the Indian Olympic Association for a four-year term by an overwhelming majority in the polls held at its Annual General Meeting here.

The 60-year-old Batra secured 142 votes while his rival Anil Khanna got 13 in the two-way contest.

His election to the top post was rendered a formality after Khanna, a former All India Tennis Association president, withdrew from the contest in a surprised move. But there was an election for the president's post as Khanna sent the withdrawal letter to the IOA-appointed Election Commission after the stipulated deadline of December 3.

Incumbent Secretary General Rajeev Mehta was re-elected for his second term without any contest as he was the lone candidate for the post.

Batra will thus become one of the few sports administrators who heads an important international federation as well as a National Olympic Committee.

Meanwhile, Anandeshwar Pandey was elected as treasurer, while R K Anand defeated J S Gehlot by 96 votes to 35 for the post of senior vice president. PTI

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