Harbhajan replaces Dora at IWF, Bhatia re-elected
New Delhi, May 14 (PTI): There is a change of guard at the helm of Indian Weightlifting Federation as former Inspector General of Uttar Pradesh Police, Harbhajan Singh, was unanimously elected president in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Harbhajan, a former national level weightlifter, is appointed for next four years after H J Dora opted out of the contention following a series of dope scandals, including the Athens Olympics fiasco, which brought shame to the nation.
However, 72-year-old General Secretary, Balbir Singh Bhatia, will continue at the post for second consecutive term.
Other office-bearers include, Secretary Sunil Eleengbam, Treasurer Sehdev Yadav, Joint Secretaries P Ratnakar, Narayan Sahu and H S Bansal besides eight vice-presidents.
Harbhajan, who is also the General Secretary, All India Rugby Federation, said he was prepared for the challenge.
"My focus will be to educate weightlifters and coaches about doping. I think an exemplary punishment can be the only deterrent," he told PTI.