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Former athlete PT Usha appointed to Athletes Commission of Asian Athletics Association

P T Usha. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 14, 2019, 01.01 PM (IST) Edited By: Puniti Pandey

Former Indian athlete and Olympian P T Usha, 55, has been appointed as one of the six members of the Athletes Commission of the Asian Athletics Association (AAA).

The association will be headed by 1992 Olympics gold medallist hammer thrower Andrey Abduvaliyev of Uzbekistan.

In the letter of appointment dated August 13, AAA Secretary-General A. Shuggumarran welcomed her to the group and said that the "sound knowledge and expertise" of the Padma awardee will contribute in the development and the success of the Asian Athletics.

P T Usha expressed her " sincere gratitude" over the appointment and tweeted, "It is an incredible honour to be part of the member of Athletes Commission of the Asian Athletic Association. I express my sincere gratitude".

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The 'Queen of Indian track and field' has previously been awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1983. Two years later in 1985, she was conferred with the Padma Shri Award.

The other members of the Athletes Commission are Wang Yu of China, 2012 London Olympics gold medallist triple jumper Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan, Lee Hup Wei of Malaysia and Saad Shaddad of Saudi Arabia.

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P T Usha expressed her 'sincere gratitude' over the appointment and tweeted, 'It is an incredible honour to be part of the member of Athletes Commission of the Asian Athletic Association. I express my sincere gratitude'