The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) elections are still 20 days away but the chairman of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) Abhay Chautala said here on Sunday that he is confident of taking over the reigns from the beleaguered president Suresh Kalmadi.
Chautala is likely to face opposition from IOA secretary general Randhir Singh for the top post during the elections that will be held in New Delhi on November 25. “It is too early to predict anything, but the kind of support I am getting, I am confident of winning the elections,” Chautala, who was speaking on the sidelines of a felicitation function for the boxers, said.
When asked about the status of Kalmadi in the IOA, Chautala said the charges levelled against the Member of Parliament are sub-judice and it is left to the court to decide about the charges. “The case is in the court and the judiciary will have the final say,” he said, adding that Kalmadi’s supporters will back him in the forthcoming elections.
“All those who supported Kalmadi are with me. It is because of their wish that I am contesting. Looking at this, I feel I have better support,” said Chautala.
The IABF chairman was unfazed by the challenge posed by Randhir, who has solid backing from the sportspersons. Chautala believes Randhir won’t be able to generate enough support and that he will be elected unopposed. “IOA elections have never witnessed a contest for the president’s post in the recent past and it could remain the same this time as well,” he said.