NEW DELHI (AP) — Qatar's Dahlan Jumaan al-Hamad was elected Monday to replace India's scandal-tainted sports administrator Suresh Kalmadi as president of the Asian Athletics Association.
Kalmadi, who has been president of the association since 2000 and was seeking a fourth term, spent nine months in jail awaiting trial for graft charges related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India.
Athletics associations from 45 Asian countries took part in the election on Monday in the western Indian city of Pune.
Al-Hamad, 56, received votes from 20 countries, while Kalmadi got 18 votes.
"As president of the Asia association, my objective will be to promote our sport in Asia," Al-Hamad said.
Kalmadi, 69, has been charged with forgery, cheating and conspiracy for illegally awarding a contract to install a timing and results system for the Commonwealth Games that caused a loss of more than $18 million to the government.
The 2010 event was marred by construction delays and a budget that ballooned to $15 billion from an initial estimate of $412 million.
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