FIH chief Batra elected unopposed as IOA President

BATRA WON IOA FIGHTT VIJENDER READY FOR FIGHT: International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief Narinder Batra was on Thursday elected unopposed as the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), while Rajeev Mehta was re-elected secretary general for a four-year term.

The 59-year-old Batra, thus, became one of the few sports administrators to head a national Olympic committee while heading an important international sports federation.

Batra’s election to the top post was a mere formality after Asian Tennis Federation President Anil Khanna withdrew from the race last week.

Khanna, who wrote a letter to the IOA election commission, informing his decision to withdraw from the contest, supported Batra for the president’s post in its Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) held in New Delhi on Thursday.

Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) President Birendra Baishya was also in the fray initially for the President’s post but eventually pulled out of the race.

However, some amount of uncertainty hangs over the elections after the Delhi High Court, while refusing to interfere with the process, clarified that the results will be subject to the final outcome of an application pending before it.

The High Court’s directive came after advocate and sports activist Rahul Mehra sought an interim stay on the election on the grounds that it was being held in violation of the sports code.

All-Indian under card for Vijender’s fight night

Former Commonwealth Championships medallists Amandeep Singh and Sunil Siwach will be among the competitors in the six all-Indian undercard bouts of Vijender Singh’s showdown against Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu on December 23 in Jaipur.

BATRA WON IOA FIGHTT VIJENDER READY FOR FIGHTThe undefeated Vijender will take on Amuzu in a double title fight in which his WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental Super Middleweight belts will be on the line.

Amandeep (Bantamweight 55.5kg) will take on Manoj Kumar from Punjab and Kuldeep Singh (Heavyweight 93.4Kg) will face Amrinder Singh from Haryana.

The other boxers joining the fight card will be Pardeep Kharera, Kuldeep Dhanda, Dharmendra Grewal and Asad Asif Khan.

The 27-year-old Amandeep made his professional debut in 2016 against Sunil Sharma in Delhi. He has fought two bouts so far and won both of them with the second one being a knockout against Pakpoom Hammarach of Thailand.

“I am fully prepared for third fight against Manoj Kumar.

Manoj is new to pro boxing and I am sure I will knock him out in the first round in his debut game,” Amandeep,a Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist, said.

The 21-year-old Kharera will face debutant Nikhil Sharma from Goa in a six-round contest in Welterweight category (66.7Kg).

Dhanda, 27, will face 24-year-old Fateh Singh from Delhi in a four-round contest in the Lightweight (61.2 Kg) category.

In another four-round fight for Super Bantamweight 61.2kg category, Asad Asif Khan from Kolkata will take on Sunil Siwach.

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