SRFI President Debendranath Sarangi on Saturday was elected as a member of the World Squash Federation's ethics committee. Not only is he the first Indian to be elected to the commission, he is also the first Asian to do so.
Debendranath Sarangi, President of the Squash Rackets Federation of India and Vice President, Asian Squash Federation has been elected as a Member of the World Squash Federation's Ethics Commission at the world body's EGM held in Manchester.
In all, there were eight candidates from whom four had to be elected as Members. Representatives of 28 countries had taken part in the meeting and later to pick the members.
Usually dominated by officials of European nations, Mr Sarangi is the first Asian and first Indian to get elected to this Commission which is to be chaired by Mr David Howman of New Zealand. The other three members elected were Alison Burchell (South Africa), Robert Dolman (Wales) and Jim Hay (Scotland).
The Indian official, who is also a member of the Ethics Committee of the Olympic Council of Asia and Audit committee of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) said that he “deemed it as an honour for Asia and India” that he had been chosen to serve this prestigious Commission of the World Squash body.
The last Indian to serve the World body was N. Ramachandran, who was the President of the WSF for two terms till 2016.