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PT Usha becomes President of Indian Olympic Association

Sports Lounge Staff



PT Usha

Legendary Indian athlete PT Usha on Monday elected as the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

Usha missed out on a bronze in the 400m hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Games by just 1/100th of a second but still became a national sports icon.

Nicknamed the “Payyoli Express” — after the town of her birth in the southern state Kerala — she dominated Indian athletics for close to two decades, winning 11 Asian Games medals including four golds in Seoul in 1986, before retiring in 2000.

Her election — which is formally due on December 10 — represents a step change in the organisation of Indian sports, which have largely been run by administrators for decades.

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