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IWF set to have a new team at the helm

The Indian Weightlifting Federation is all set to have new faces at the helm with its President and Secretary deciding not to seek re-election.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2007 18:22 IST

The Indian Weightlifting Federation, which has been rocked by a series of dope scandals, is all set to have new faces at the helm with its President HJ Dora and Secretary Balbir Singh Bhatia deciding not to seek re-election.

Both Dora and Bhatia have expressed their desire not to seek a fresh term when elections are held in May, citing different reasons for their decision.

Dora, who has already stopped his involvement in the banned organisation, said he was too occupied to devote time to the activities of the Federation while Bhatia was candid in admitting that the weightlifters had been a big let down.

"I don't look after the activities of IWF now. I have decided to hand over the responsibility to some one else when the next election is held," Dora told PTI.

"I know once the ban is over there will be lot of activities and I won't have time for them," he said.

"I am not afraid of work but the lifters have really let us down and I cannot take all this anymore at this age," Bhatia said.

Dora, who retired from the Central Vigilence Commission around six months ago, is now the Executive Director with the Delhi International Airport Limited and requires to look after the security arrangements at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The weightlifters, serving their second term of ban imposed within two years's time, will be free to take part in international competitions from March 1.