NEW DELHI: Politicians continue to hold sway over sporting bodies in India. Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa has been unanimously elected president of the Judo Federation of India at JFI's general body meeting held here at the weekend.
Bajwa is the president of the Punjab Judo Association.
His group swept the polls with all the posts of five senior vice-presidents, two of the three vice-presidents and the assistant vice-president won by his loyalists, The Tribune reports. The chairman, vice-chairman and the secretary of the technical team are also from his group.
However, for the post of secretary, Bajwa’s candidate Yashveer Singh lost to MS Jaiswal of Rajasthan 23-31 while Kailash Yadav of Telangana was elected treasurer, beating Renu of Haryana 30-24. Dev Singh Dhaliwal of Punjab was elected for the post of assistant vice-president.
The polls were held under the supervision of Nivedita Haran, a retired IAS officer, who was appointed observer by the High Court.