Guwahati: Legendary sprinter PT Usha has been elected to serve as the Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) first female president.
PT Usha had earlier declared that she would be nominating herself for the position.
“With the warm support of my fellow athletes and National Federations, I am humbled and honoured to accept and file for the nomination of the president of IOA!” PT Usha tweeted on Saturday.
Usha was the only candidate to submit a nomination for the association’s new committee. PT Usha submitted her nomination for the top position along with 14 other members of her team.
The star sprinter boasts four gold and seven silver medals from the Asian Games one of the best athletes to ever represent India.
She came up only 1/100th of a second short of a podium finish in the women’s 400-meter hurdles event at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Her time of 55.42s in LA is still the national benchmark.
She won 11 Asian Games medals, including four gold in a single edition at the 1986 Seoul meet, while clinching an astonishing 23 medals, including 14 gold, at the Asian Championships from 1983 to 1998.