Asian athletic body elects Qatari as new president

Suresh Kalmadi (pictured) has been president of the Asian Athletics Association since 2000 and was seeking a fourth term, before being defeated by Jumaan al-Hamad, the current Qatar Athletic Association chief. (File photo: Reuters)

Qatar Athletic Association chief Jumaan al-Hamad has been elected the new president of the Asian Athletics Association, replacing India's scandal-tainted sports administrator, Suresh Kalmadi.

Kalmadi has been president of the association since 2000 and was seeking a fourth term.

Kalmadi spent nine months in jail for graft charges related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, which were marred by construction delays and a budget that ballooned to $15bn from an initial estimate of $412m.

Athletics associations from 45 Asian countries took part in the election on Monday in the western Indian city of Pune.

Al-Hamad received votes from 20 countries, while Kalmadi got 18 votes.

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