The elected officials of Jamshedpur Sporting Association at JRD Tata Sports Complex on Monday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The Jamshedpur Sporting Association (JSA) on Monday held elections to put in place a new committee, thus lifting a cloud of uncertainty hovering over the popular JSA soccer league.
In polls held at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, the sports association, which still does not have a secretary in place, elected seven members to its sub-committee. Seven nominated members were also named.
The conduct of polls notwithstanding, the process of nominating a candidate for the post of secretary continues to lie in a limbo with the sports department of Tata Steel dilly-dallying on the issue for long.
The non-appointment of a secretary, and the subsequent delay in holding elections, had put a question mark on the JSA soccer league so far. But, sources said that this year, the league might be held without a secretary. Others hoped the steel company would come out with a name before the fixtures for the soccer league were announced.
Close to 34 affiliated clubs took part in the voting process on Sunday, while two abstained from casting their franchises.
While S.B. Singh (27 votes), Ravinder Murmu (24 votes), K.S. Prasad (27 votes), J. Behera (26 votes), Ramesh Lala (22 votes), Sagarnath Mukhi (26 votes) and Ujjal Dey (23 votes) were elected to the sub-committee, P.S. Chatterjee lost the polls.
Seven others — K. Kundu, S. Zubair Alam, B.N. Mahto, Binod Kumar Singh, G.B. Singh, Imtiaz Ahmad and Victor Somaya — were nominated to the sub-committee, which will continue to have veteran football administrator Ramesh Mehta as chairman.
JSA assistant secretary Avinash Kumar, who was asked to handle the affairs of the association till a secretary was nominated, later told The Telegraph that a meeting of the sub-committee was likely to be held on Thursday to finalise the calendar and events for 2012-13.
“We might announce the date of the JSA soccer tournament after the meeting later this month,” Kumar said.
The elections of JSA was due since last month, but was delayed due to a hitch in nominating a secretary.
Two officials of Tata Steel’s sports department are said to be eyeing the secretary’s position, but a formal decision in this regard is yet to be taken.