During the general meeting of Athletics Federation Of India (AFI), Adille Sumariwalla was elected as the President of the organization, in what is going to be his third term.
Retired athlete Anju Bobby George was elected as the Senior Vice-President of the organization. Madhukant Pathak was elected as the Treasurer and Ravinder Chowdhury as the General Secretary.
Sumariwalla, both an athlete and an entrepreneur, represented India in multippe international events, most famously at the Moscow Olympics 1980. An athlete since his school days, he set the men’s 200m inter college record, at a mere 22.2 seconds and held it for 35 years. In the Moscow Olympics as a hundred-meter sprinter, he stood seventh in round one. In India, he won the national title in the same category eleven times.
Apart from athletics, Sumariwalla has been a part of many media businesses and corporations. He started his professional career with Tata Engineering and locomotive co. (now Tata Motors). He worked there for 15 years in various domains, after which he was appointed as the founding CEO of The Asian Age in 1994. He has since worked with many other corporations, notably Mid Day Multimedia and Clear Channel. He is also a co-founder of Interspace Communications.
Anju Bobby George, one of India’s most famous sportspersons at her prime, is the only World Champion India has ever produced.
Anju made history when she won the bronze medal clearing 6.70 m in Long Jump at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris, becoming the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a World Championships in Athletics. Anju also won a gold medal at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games. She achieved her personal best of 6.83 m at the 2004 Olympic Games at Athens that brought her the fifth position, which still stands as the current Indian national record.
In September 2005, Anju won the gold medal in the women’s long jump at the 16th Asian Athletics Championship in Incheon City of South Korea with a leap of 6.65 metres. She went on to win the gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final in 2005 with a leap of 6.75 m, a performance she considers her best.
Anju’s election entry through Karnataka has raised a few eyebrows, though. Some has slammed the KAA for overlooking Karnataka athletes for selecting her.
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