The decorated para-athlete Deepa Malik was elected president of the Paralympic Committee of India.
NEW DELHI: decorated para-athlete and the lonely woman of India Paralympic medalist Deepa Malik has been elected president of the Paralympic Committee of India although the results of the elections are subject to a pending case in the High Court of Delhi.
Deepa, 49, who won a silver F-53 bullet launch event at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, was elected without opposition as president in the PCI Surveys held in Bangalore on Friday.
My sincere congratulations for the start of new entries for a new tenure at @ParalympicIndia. Expressing my gratitude for being confident in the Presidency and welcoming an athlete-centered approach to paramedic sports in India, Deepa wrote on his Twitter account.
A great transition for me, personally, for which I expect continued support. I look forward to fulfilling my duty with total honesty and integrity.
(1/2) My sincerest congratulations for the start of new entries for a new tenure at @ParalympicIndia. Express… https://t.co/guV7TD6V3C - Deepa Malik (@DeepaAthlete) 1580549203000
(2/2) A great transition for me, personally, for which I expect continued support. I hope to discard my ... https://t.co/XvxdVTYYIF - Deepa Malik (@DeepaAthlete) 1580549203000
Gursharan Singh, who acted as interim president after former chief Rao Inderjit Singh was removed from office last year, was also elected without opposition as secretary general.
Kavender Chaudhury and Shashi Ranjan Prasad Singh were elected vice presidents, while M Mahadeva was appointed treasurer. Nale Nandkishor Baburao and Kantilal Parmar were elected as joint secretaries.
The returning officer, R Radha, a retired judge of the district and additional sessions, while announcing the office's headlines, said the results will be subject to new orders that will be approved in a pending case before the Delhi Superior Court.
Deepa, also awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and winner of Padma Shri, also won a silver medal at the IPC World Championship in 2011 at the F 52-53 bullet throw event, in addition to bagging a silver disc (F 52 -53) and javelin throwing events (F 53-54) at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
The sports ministry in September last year had de-recognized the PCI, citing violation of the National Sports Code in the para-body's decision to sack Rao Inderjit Singh. The Ministry had said it found PCI 's response on the removal of Rao Inderjit unsatisfactory.
The PCI had changed its bye-laws to bar public servants from it during its Annual General Meeting on May 4 last year. Singh was a Minister of State (Planning) in the Union Government at that time.
It is the first time that a high-ranking athlete has been named president of a sports agency in which he or she has been competing, Gursharan said about Deepa's election.
Gursharan is hoping that PCI will regain the recognition of the sports ministry if the Delhi High Court rules these elections valid.
The Ministry of Sports is also one of the parties in the pending case before the Delhi High Court, so if the Superior Court says the elections are valid, I think that should also be binding on the sports ministry, Gursharan said. .