Mumbai, Oct 17 (IANS) The Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA) on Saturday appointed Arun Lakhani as its new president, replacing Pradeep Gandhe, who stepped down from the post after over a decade at the helm. The change in leadership at the MBA comes after Gandhe’s voluntary decision to resign from the position. Honouring his request after almost 11 years of active service, the MBA committee followed the official protocol and unanimously chose Lakhani as its new leader. Lakhani has been an active member of the MBA’s executive committee and has been associated with the sport for a long time. He has previous experience with the planning commission committee and various policy making forums. 

“I am honoured to be chosen to lead Maharashtra badminton. My immediate focus will be to get this infrastructure functional. Our aim is to offer talented players from Maharashtra infrastructure and facilities at par with any international level academy or club,” Lakhani said in a release. 

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