N. Ramachandran, head of the Squash Racquets Federation of India (SRFI), emerged the lone candidate to have filed nomination papers for the post of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president. The elections to IOA are scheduled to be held on February 9 and the deadline for filing nominations was Saturday.
Ramachandran, who served IOA as the treasurer from 2008 to 2012, was a member of the executive council led by Abhay Singh Chautala in 2012. The Chautala-led IOA had been suspended by the International Olympic Committee, which had opposed government interference in the Olympic Movement.
Hockey India official Rajeev Mehta was set to become the IOA secretary general unopposed just as All India Tennis Association president Anil Khanna for the treasurer’s post and Swimming Federation of India official Virendra Nanavati for the lone slot of senior vice-president.
List of nominations received:
President: N. Ramachandran; Senior vice-president: Virendra Nanawati; Vice-presidents: Anurag Thakur, Akhilesh Das Gupta, Janardhan Singh Gehlot, G.S. Mander, R.K. Anand, Tarlochan Singh, B.P. Baishya, Parminder Singh Dhindsa, R.S. Deo; Secretary general: Rajeev Mehta; Treasurer: Anil Khanna; Joint secretaries: Anandeshwar Pandey, Raja Sidhu, Sunaina Kumari, S.M. Bali, Rakesh Gupta, Kuldeep Vats; Executive Council members: Balbir Singh Kushwaha, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Adhip Das, Ajit Banerjee, Vikram Singh Sisodia, Avadhesh Kumar, Dhanraj Choudhary, Namdev Shirgaonkar, Bhubneshwar Kalita and Bhupinder Singh.