In a unanimous decision, Anurag Thakur was announced as the chief of the Himachal Pradesh Olympic Association (HPOA) on Saturday for a term of four years, after being sacked by the Supreme Court alongside BCCI’s secretary Ajay Shirke in the much-awaited hearing on January 2.
The 42-year-old Thakur, who’s also the Member of Parliament from Hamirpur, was elected as the President following the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Dharamsala in the northern Indian state Himachal Pradesh.
The statement stressed on giving the best platform to talented athletes. However, the fresh members also urged the need of facilities in the state to improve the quality of sports.
“The newly-elected members deliberated on how to improve the quality of sports in the state which has an immense pool of talent but is not doing well due to the lack of quality infrastructure and a concrete policy for the development of the same,” the HPOA remarked in a statement.
Thakur was ousted after failing to implement the Apex Body-led Lodha Committee reforms in the national cricket governing body.
Surat Singh was nominated as the Returning officer to conduct the elections during the annually body meet.
“The house decided to have a blueprint for the same with the help of experts and studying the models followed by other states which would be pursued with the government and other stake holders to be implemented,” it added.
For the HPOA’s other posts, Virender Kanwar was named as the Vice-President followed by Rajesh Bhandari as General Secretary.
Bhandari is also the Vice-President for North Zone in the Boxing Federation of India (BFI).
The HPOA has also decided to have a Himachal Olympic Bhawana at state’s capital Shimla.
From June 23 to 26, the HPOA is expected to organize the Olympic festival in the state at Hamirpur, just like the national games.
The Observers for polls include Nirwan Mukherjee from Indian Olympic Association, Ratan Lal Thakur, who heads the Himachal Pradesh Government Sports Council and Hockey Coach NP Gulleria.