Rio de Janeiro: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has failed to get elected as one of the four athlete members of the International Olympic Committee as she finished sixth in the race to become a member of Athletics Commission of the global governing body of sport.
Saina got 1233 votes in the election in which all the athletes participating in 2016 Rio Games were eligible to vote. She was one of the 23 top sportspersons from across the world nominated for elections for the four seats.
Saina, the 2012 London Games bronze medallist, had crashed out in the group stage of the women’s singles events in Rio Olympics.
Beijing Olympics gold medallist fencer Britta Heidemann of Germany was elected with 1,603 votes, followed by South Korean table tennis great Seung-Min Ryu with 1,544, former swimmer Daniel Gyurta of Hungary with 1,469 votes and Russian world record holder pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva with 1,365.
Votes needed to be cast for four different athletes from four different sports. The candidates had to be presented by their National Olympic Committees, which were required to have their own athletes’ commission to select the candidate. In order to be eligible, the candidates had to have participated either in the Olympic Games in London in 2012 or in Rio in 2016.PTI
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