Legendary sprinter PT Usha has been made a member of the Athletes Commission of the Asian Athletics Association. The move was to recognize her outstanding contribution to Indian athletics.
The 55-year old PT Usha was a household name all over Asia. She will be one of the six members of the AAA Athletes Commission. The committee will be headed by 1992 Olympics gold medalist hammer thrower Andrey Abduvaliyev of Uzbekistan.
PT Usha commented to PTI, “I have accepted the appointment as a member of the AAA athletes Commission. It is a great honor for me and the country.”
The other members of the Athletes Commission are Wang Yu of China, 2012 London Olympics gold medalist triple jumper Olga Rypakova of Kazakstan, Lee Hup Wei of Malaysia and Saad Shaddad of Saudi Arabia.
Newly appointed AAA secretary General A Shuggumarran congratulated Usha on her being appointed as one of the members of the members of the AAA Athletics Commission.
He said in the letter of appointment, “I am confident that you will bring your sound knowledge and expertise and we look forward to your continued contribution to the development and success of Asian Athletics.”
PT Usha known as Payyoli Express, ruled the Asian track back in 1980s. She won four gold medals and one bronze in the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul. A year before, she won five gold and a bronze in the Asian Championship in Jakarta.
She missed an Olympic medal in the 1984 Games in Los Angeles by a whisker as she finished fourth in women’s 400 m hurdles, losing bronze by one-hundredth of a second.