Scamster Kalmadi loses AAA president poll

PTI, PUNE | 01 July 2013 16:14 IST

Scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi was today ousted as president of the Asian Athletics Association (AAA), losing the re-election bid to Qatar's Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad on the opening day of the continental body's two-day Congress in Pune.

Kalmadi, who is out on bail after spending 10 months in jail for his alleged involvement in the Commonwealth Games scam, lost 18-20 while seeking re-election to a post he has held for 13 years.

Al Hamad is the Qatar Athletics Federation president and is also senior vice-president of the Asian body.

The biennial Congress, before the July 3-7 Asian Athletics Championships, at a five-star hotel here is being attended by International Association of Athletic Federations chief Lamine Diack, besides some top officials from the AAA and the world body.

The Congress, which is the governing body of the association, consists of a council and not more than two delegates from each member of the AAA. However, each member country has only one vote in the elections.

The Athletics Federation of India is being represented by its president Adille Sumariwala and secretary CK Valson.

The other members of the AAA council — a senior vice president, five vice presidents and eight executive members — will also be elected.

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Why should a known corrupt person be elected to such a post.

It is good that he is defeated.

- Francisco, Goa | 01 st July 2013 22:19


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