Suresh Kalmadi on 1 July 2013 lost the Asian Athletics Association's President election to Qatar's Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad on the opening day of the continental body's two-day Congress in Pune. Kalmadi faced a tough fight from Qatar Athletics Federation President Al-Hamad, who is also senior vice-president of the Asian body. He is out on bail after spending 10 months in jail for his alleged involvement in the Commonwealth Games scam.
Kalmadi lost 18-20 while seeking re-election to a post he has held for 13 years. He has been at the helm of affairs of the AAA since 2000. He was seeking re-election for the top job of the continental body.
Kalmadi's candidature to the post had got the backing of the AFI (Athletics Federation of India) which said it did not want to lose a seat in AAA Council. Section 4(a) of Article VI of the AAA Constitution states that A council members loses his membership in the council if he loses his membership in his National Association, unless otherwise his national association formally recommends the continuation of his membership in the Council. The biennial Congress, before the July 3-7 Asian Athletics Championships, at a five-star hotel here is being attended by IAAF President Lamine Diack, besides some top officials from the AAA and the world body.
The Congress, which is the governing body of the association, consists of a Council and not more than two delegates from each member of the AAA. However, each member country has only one vote in the elections.
The Athletics Federation of India is being represented by its president Adille Sumariwala and Secretary C K Valson. The other members of the AAA Council -- a Senior Vice-President, Five Vice-Presidents and eight Executive Members – will also be elected.
Who: Suresh Kalmadi.
When: 1 July 2013.