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Archery boss riddle

August has started on a positive note for Jharkhand Archery Association.

The outfit will soon hold its annual general meeting (also elections) — a long-pending demand of some of its member units — and nominate a new president.

Sources revealed that efforts were on to hold the annual general meeting later this month and the spadework to nominate a new boss had also begun in the right earnest.

Unwilling to name the person, an outfit functionary said, “A Tata Steel man is likely to head the archery association, as present incumbent Sanjiv Paul, who stays in Calcutta, has been unable to devote much time to the association.

Paul, who is also a former Tata Steel vice-president, has been heading the association for the past five years. Last year, he was transferred to Calcutta and seldom got the time to chair the state association’s meetings. This has had affected the overall functioning of the archery outfit.

The new name doing the rounds is that of Sunil Bhaskaran, vice-president (corporate services), Tata Steel.

Association’s working secretary L. Murty told The Telegraph that the new president would join office later this month. But, he too refused to confirm a name.

Murty said the elections would also be held in August. “At present, the annual audit of our association is underway. The elections will be held after the completion of the audit,” he added.

Insiders, however, said the elections were likely to be held on August 24.

The last time the state archery outfit went to polls was in 2009. This had irked some affiliated districts and clubs. According to association rules, elections ought to be held every two years.

Disgruntled affiliated districts and clubs had last month threatened to form a parallel association if the polls were not held at the earliest. They had, in fact, given the state body a 10-day deadline.