The legendary P.T. Usha is set to become the first woman president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as she emerged as the lone candidate for the top post for the December 10 elections.
Union Cabinet minister Kiren Rijiju took to social media to congratulate the veteran athlete on her new appointment in the IOA.
Taking to Twitter, the Union Minister said “Congratulations to legendary Golden Girl, Smt. P T Usha on being elected as the President of Indian Olympic Association. I also congratulate all the sporting heroes of our country on becoming the office bearers of the prestigious IOA! Nation is proud of them!”.
Earlier, Usha confirmed through Twitter that she would be filing the nomination for the post of IOA’s president. “With the warm support of my Fellow Athletes and National Federations I am humbled and honored to accept and file for the Nomination of the President Of IOA!,” Usha tweeted.
Usha is considered as one of the best Indian athletes of all-time but is most remembered for missing out on a medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics 400m hurdles final, where she was beaten by Romania’s Cristieana Cojocaru by one hundredth of a second.