The New Year is set to herald the birth of a parallel state weightlifting association, an ad hoc panel for which is already in place.
The proposed new association will function as the Weightlifting Association of Jharkhand State (WAJS), which is expected to eventually replace the much-maligned Jharkhand Weightlifting Association (JWA).
Senior functionaries of the 12-member ad hoc committee have approached Jharkhand Olympic Association (JOA) president to head WAJS. A request has also been made to JOA secretary general S.M. Hashmi to become an office-bearer of the association. The move also aims to seek recognition from JOA, the state’s apex sports body.
“Anand has asked us to meet him in Ranchi. Hashmi has also summoned us to the state capital on January 5. Matters related to formation of a full-fledged state association will be discussed threadbare. As of now, we have come up with an ad hoc panel to add zip to our efforts to form a new state body,” ad hoc panel senior vice-president Alokesh Ghosh told The Telegraph.
Goutam Acharya, general secretary of the ad hoc committee, said they were positive about setting up a new body. “Most of the members and senior functionaries who were with JWA have joined us,” he claimed, adding they have plans to conduct the state weightlifting championship under the WAJS banner next month.
Besides Ghosh, who also doubles up as the working president of the ad hoc panel, and Acharya, the committee also includes Rakesh Pandey (Bokaro) as joint secretary while Amal Chakravarty has been named treasurer. Sushil Mahto, Gautam Dasgupta, S.S. Parvez, T. Bhattacharya (Chakradharpur) and Subhash Rajak (Bokaro) are the vice-presidents of the panel, which was formed earlier this week.
Rajendra Prasad, who raked up the cash-for-medals controversy, has also found a spot in the committee. The Bokaro-based 55-year-old Prasad has been made secretary (selection and coaching). Besides, Anil Kumar (Bokaro) and Md Moinuddin have been nominated secretary organisation and technical, respectively.
Ghosh, who was one of the vice-presidents in T.D. Roy-controlled JWA, also claimed the support of East and West Singhbhum, Ranchi, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Hazaribagh and Ramgarh. “These districts are aware about the formation of a new state weightlifting association. We have also solicited support from districts. Besides, we are also getting support from corporate sectors, who would be inducted as institution members in the new body,” he said.
Sources said the ad hoc panel would work as a tool to garner more support for formation of a new body.
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