Top tennis official Anil Khanna has decided not to contest the election for the Indian Olympic Association president’s post even though the December 3 deadline for the withdrawal of his nomination papers has passed.
Khanna, a former All India Tennis Association chief, was in the fray for the president’s post along with International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra.
But in a surprise move, Khanna has written to the IOA election commission, informing his decision to withdraw and support Batra for the president’s post in its elective AGM on December 14.
Khanna’s decision to withdraw will clear the decks for Batra to be elected as the IOA president. Batra will thus become one of a few sports administrators who heads a National Olympic Committee while holding the post of president of an important international federation.
A top IOA official said since Khanna, who is the incumbent IOA treasurer, had not withdrawn his candidature by deadline, the election for the president’s post may be conducted but the members will be inclined to vote for Batra only under the secret ballot system.
Khanna said he was withdrawing his candidature to “keep the IOA family united”.
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