Mishra set to be Secretary of Badminton Association of India, Gopichand files nomination for Vice President – The New Indian Express

Express press service

CHENNAI: In a late twist, National Head Coach Pullela Gopichand has submitted his candidacy for Vice President while Sanjay Mishra is set to be the next General Secretary of the Badminton Association of India (BAI). On the last day of nominations, Gopichand and Mishra submitted their candidacies. The list will be final next week.

Although all other nominations, except for the position of president, were submitted on Thursday, no names were submitted for the post of general secretary. It was not until Friday that the names were finalized – Gopichand as vice-president and Mishra, who works closely with Gopichand as junior national coach and is currently a member of the executive board, as general secretary. .

There are quite a few theories floating around, but the most serious seems to be the constitution’s bylaws that do not allow anyone who is not on the previous executive council to run for the office of secretary general. The new constitution amended in February this year says: “The honorary general secretary shall be elected by the council from among its members and provided that only outgoing officers (president, secretary and treasurer) or outgoing executive committee members are eligible for election. to compete for the post of General Secretary.The Delhi High Court is hearing a case over the Indian Olympic Association’s restrictive covenant and how it violates the sports code.

Gopichand is also the head national coach and it is unclear if he would continue as of now. Perhaps as vice president he could still continue.

The BAI will have some kind of change. Ajay Singhania, the current Secretary General, has been appointed as Vice President. BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma was the only incumbent to apply on the first day – March 9. Others who filed on Thursday are Arun Lakhani for the post of Treasurer in place of former Union Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, who filed for VP Publish. Lakhani is currently vice president. Omar Rashid is appointed as joint secretary and will be a new face on the executive council. There are 11 vice presidents and according to the constitution, 12 is the maximum number. Similarly, BAI has seven co-secretaries with a cap of eight.

Andrew B. Reiter