Straight fight between VK Malhotra and BVP Rao in AAI elections
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Incumbent president Vijay Kumar Malhotra will be locked in a straight fight against Assam unit vice-president BVP Rao in the November 9 Archery Association of India elections which has been mired in controversy and postponed thrice earlier.
Malhotra will have a contest in an AAI elections for the first time after he took office in 1973. In the last 40 years he has been elected unopposed as president.
Rao has fielded his two supporters for the posts of senior vice-president and treasurer while Andhra Pradesh official Anil Kamineni had been elected unopposed as Secretary after the nomination of candidates was closed yesterday.
Ibopishak Singh, Secretary Archery Association of Manipur, will contest against Malhotra's man and IOA vice-president Tarlochan Singh for the senior vice-president's post while Sadhananda Das of Orissa will take on Virendra Sachdeva of Delhi.
Rao, a former IAS and UN official and now Clean Sports India convener, has charged Malhotra of trying to bring in people who have nothing to do with archery.
"My two candidates Ibopishak and Sadhananda have done lot of work for archery in their states for the last 20 years. But who are these people Malhotra is putting up. He is trying to bring in people from his coterie who has nothing to do with archery," Rao said.
Supporters of Malhotra were equally confident of the veteran adminstrator's victory in the election and pointed out that India have started doing well at the international level under his leadership.
"India have emerged as a force to reckon with in archery at the international level and Malhotra and his team's contribution has been immense. They have the support of the other members", a senior AAI official said on condition of anonimity.
The electoral college, which has been declared by Returning Officer Justice (Retd) J D Kapoor under Delhi High Court orders, has 102 members with each state unit getting three votes and each organisation/sports boards one vote.
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