Chetan Anand has been chosen as President of the Taekwondo Federation of India (TFI) after the Delhi High Court forced the governing body to hold elections amid an ongoing power dispute.
Anand ousted the incumbent head of the organisation, Renu Mahant, to seize control of the TFI.
Mahant, however, is still listed as the President on the TFI’s website and a notice has appeared on the page urging members to not donate to any TFI accounts and to not send any applications as a result of the elections.
The Court had ordered the TFI to hold elections following claims that a faction within the body was attempting a coup.
It came after an Emergency Executive Council meeting was held in Delhi in April, where a group of members of the TFI were found to have been “involved in malpractice” and “indulging in malicious propaganda”.
Prabhat Sharma, who was elected as general secretary, was accused of being involved in a conspiracy to install Anand as the President, along with VN Gaikwad, Raj Kakoti and T. Praveen Kumar.
The meeting also took place to “prevent the interference of Indian Olympic Association in the autonomy” of the organisation, according to the TFI.
During the elections, which were held at the IOA’s Olympic Bhawan headquarters, Deveki Nanadan Pangotra was appointed as the joint secretary of the organisation.
Following his election, Pangotra stressed he would do everything he could to improve the prosperity of the sport in the nation.
He assured taekwondo players and officials from across the nation and said that the process to enhance the sport in India will begin soon.
Justice M.L Mehta, former judge of Delhi High Court, was tasked with overseeing the elections along with IOA representative Kuldeep Vats.
It is hoped staging the elections will put an end to the row and ensure taekwondo can begin to further develop in India.