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AFI chief Adille Sumariwalla elected to World Athletics Executive Board

Adille Sumariwalla has been elected as one of the four vice presidents of World Athletics, the highest post ever held by an Indian in the global track and field governing body. The 65-year-old Sumariwalla, who is the president of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), received the third-highest number of votes cast during the WA elections held on Thursday in Budapest, Hungary. He will serve a four-year term.

In his new role as vice president, Sumariwalla will be responsible for helping to shape the future of athletics at the global level. He will also be involved in decision-making on a range of issues, including the development of the sport, anti-doping, and the World Championships. The other three vice presidents elected were Ximena Restrepo (Colombia), Raul Chapado (Spain), and Jackson Tuwei (Kenya).

About the Adille Sumariwalla

Sumariwalla is a former Olympian who competed in the 100 meters at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. He has been president of the AFI since 2012 and has been a member of the WA Council since 2015.

Sumariwalla’s election is a major coup for Indian athletics and is a recognition of his work in the sport over many years. He is a passionate advocate for athletics and is committed to helping the sport grow and prosper in India.

Sumariwalla’s election is a significant step forward for Indian athletics and is a sign that the sport is on the rise in the country. He is a well-respected figure in the sport and his experience and knowledge will be invaluable in his new role.

Here are some additional details about Sumariwalla’s election:

  • He was the only Indian candidate in the running for the vice presidency.
  • He received 42 votes, which was the third-highest number of votes cast.
  • The other candidates who were elected were Ximena Restrepo (Colombia), who received 49 votes, Raul Chapado (Spain), who received 45 votes, and Jackson Tuwei (Kenya), who received 44 votes.
  • The election was held two days ahead of the World Championships, which are being held in Budapest from August 15-24.

Sumariwalla’s election is a significant achievement for Indian athletics and is a sign that the sport is on the rise in the country. He is a well-respected figure in the sport and his experience and knowledge will be invaluable in his new role. I am sure he will do a great job representing India on the World Athletics Executive Board.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • Athletics Federation of India Founded: 1946
  • Athletics Federation of India Headquarters: New Delhi, India

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