Randhir Singh (sports administrator)

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Randhir Singh
Randhir Singh, in 2019.jpg
Singh in 2019
Acting President of the Olympic Council of Asia
Assumed office
11 September 2021
Preceded bySheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah
10th Secretary General of Indian Olympic Association
In office
1987–2012
PresidentSivanthi Adithan

Suresh Kalmadi

(Acting) Vijay Kumar Malhotra
Preceded byRoshan Lal Anand
Succeeded byLalit Bhanot
Member of the International Olympic Committee
In office
2001–2014
Personal details
Born (1946-10-18) 18 October 1946 (age 75)
Patiala, Punjab Province, British India
NationalityIndian
Spouse(s)Vinita Singh
ChildrenMahima, Sunaina and Rajeshwari
Parent(s)Raja Bhalindra Singh (father)
RelativesVipin Khanna (father-in-law)
Alma materSt. Stephen's College
OccupationSports administrator
Sports shooter (former)

Randhir Singh (born 18 October 1946) is a sports administrator and a former Olympic-level trap and skeet shooter. Singh is one of India's most influential sports administrators and is noted for his wide-ranging international connections.[1][2][3] He received the Arjuna Award in 1979.[4] Singh is the current Acting President of Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), beginning his term on 11 September 2021, following the court ruling against former President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah.[5] He was also the Secretary General of the Olympic Council of Asia since 1991-2015.[4] Singh was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 2001-2014 and since 2014, he has been an honorary member of the IOC.[4]

Background and early life[edit]

Randhir Singh was born on 18 October 1946, in Patiala, Punjab Province, British India. He is the son of Raja Bhalindra Singh, a younger son of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.

Singh comes from a family of influential sports administrators. His uncle, Test cricketer Maharaja Yadavindra Singh, played an important part in lobbying for and then organizing the first Asian Games in 1951 in Delhi.[6] His father Raja Bhalindra Singh was a member of the IOC from 1947-1992, President of the Indian Olympic Association from 1960-1975 and 1990-1984, and was crucial in bringing the 1982 Asian Games to New Delhi.[7][8][9] Singh was educated at Yadvindra Public School, in Patiala and graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi with BA in History.[4][10]

Shooting career[edit]

He made his competitive senior shooting debut as an eighteen-year-old when he was part of the winning trap shooting team at the Indian National Championships in 1964. His team defended the title the next year, and he won his first national individual title in 1967 in skeet. He went on to win multiple titles at national level in both skeet and trap shooting.[7] He became the first Indian shooter to win continental gold at the 1978 Asian Games in Bangkok. On home soil four years later, he won team silver at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi.[7]

He has competed at five Olympic Games, from 1968 to 1984, in Mixed Trap.[11] He was the second Indian, after Karni Singh, to compete at five Olympics. His best Olympic performance was 17th at the 1968 Olympics, two points behind Karni Singh and four points from bronze.[12] He also competed at four Asian Games, winning a medal of each color.

Sports administrator[edit]

Singh is known to be one of India's most influential sports administrators and was an influential member of the International Olympic Committee, during his time as a full member of the organisation.[1][13]

Singh in Riyadh with Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud (far left), and Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud (left), in 2022

Singh has been Secretary General of the Indian Olympic Association from 1987-2012, Secretary General of Olympic Council of Asia 1991-2015, Life vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia 2015-2021, Acting President of the Olympic Council of Asia since 2021, was a member of the International Olympic Committee 2001-2014, is currently an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee since 2014, and is a member of the Association of National Olympic Committees Executive Board since 2002.[14][15]

He has also served as member of the World Anti-Doping Agency Foundation Board (2003–2005) and on the following commissions: Olympic Games Study (2002–2003), Sport for All (2004-), Women and Sport (2006-), Coordination for the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 (2008-); Olympic Truce Foundation (2007-).[4] He was Founder Secretary General of the Afro-Asian Games Council (1998–2007), and helped lead the organization of the only Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad in 2003.

2010 Commonwealth Games[edit]

Singh was instrumental in bringing the 2010 Commonwealth Games to India, and had been the Vice Chairman of the Organizing Committee.[16][17] He has been the only senior office bearer of the controversial Organizing Committee who has a clean image.[18] During the planning of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Singh and Suresh Kalmadi, President of the Indian Olympic Association at the time, clashed over the planning of the games.[19] Reportedly, the clashes had reach the extent where Manmohan Singh, who was the Prime Minister of India at the time, had to be informed by the head of the Commonwealth Games, Mike Fennell.[19]

Olympic Council of Asia[edit]

Singh has served as the Secretary General of the OCA from 1991 to 2015.[20] In 2019, the General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) appointed Singh appointed as the chairman of coordination committee of 2022 Asian Games, which are being held in Hangzhou, China.[21] In 2021, Singh was appointed as Acting President of the Olympic Council of Asia with headquarters in Kuwait City.[5] He was appointed as the Acting President of the OCA after Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah stepped aside as President following a gulity verdict against him by a Geneva Court in a forgery case.[20] In May 22, Singh stated that the 2022 Asian Games have been postponed to 2023 due to China's COVID-19 related complications.[22]

Awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Singh has been married twice. He first married Rani Uma Kumari of Sirmur. His second marriage is to Vinita Singh.[23] Vinita is the eldest child and only daughter of Vipin Khanna, who was a powerful businessman.[24][25] Singh has 3 daughters; Mahima,[26] Sunaina and Rajeshwari. Sunaina Kumari is one of the Vice-Presidents of the Indian Olympic Association.[27] Rajeshwari Kumari is a sports shooter who won a gold medal at the Asian Online Shooting Championship in 2021.[28] Rajeshwari is Singh's daughter through his second marriage with Vinita.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  21. ^ Press Trust of India (4 March 2019). "Randhir Singh appointed coordination committee chairman of 2022 Asian Games". Business Standard India. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
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  23. ^ a b Dasgupta, Piyali (2013). "Raja Randhir Singh from the royal family of Patiala decks up to host their daughter's wedding". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  24. ^ "Nagindra Khanna - Times of India". The Times of India. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2022.
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  27. ^ PTI (25 January 2014). "N Ramachandran to be next IOA president". The Economic Times. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  28. ^ "OCA » Ria Kumari follows in footsteps of dad and Indian shooting legend Raja Randhir Singh". Olympic Council of Asia. Retrieved 22 February 2022.

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