Manama – A Bahraini, Mohammed Qassim, 30, on Saturday emerged as an unopposed candidate to lead the AIPS-Asia as its president for the next four years.
Qassim, 30, in an interview vowed to make a difference in a short while.
He told a NAN correspondent in the Bahraini capital as a special guest to monitor the elections that he was going to work along with a mainly young team to bring changes to the association.
“I am happy that members of the team from the election conducted during the 18th congress held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Manama, are my young friends.
“We are aware that there will be challenges. We are determined to surmount the challenges. We are going to approach some of the companies in the region to support us.
“I want to administer through a zonal arrangement because Asia is very large. We are going to ensure that zones are created and supported to function. I will ensure coordination to eliminate mutual suspicion.’’
He said the leadership would continue to breed new sports journalists by training the young ones though the AIPS-International.
Qassim said he would make use of technology to ensure transparency so that each of the zones could monitor what the other was doing.
“We need to be strong, we need a new face of Asia and we need Asia to grow with the rest of the world,’’ he said.
Pakisani Amjad Malik, emerged unopposed as the General Secretary after stepping down as a presidential aspirant.
Niranjan Rajbanshi from Nepal was elected to the post of treasurer.
During the congress, Sri Lanka’s membership of the AIPS-ASIA was formally admitted by the continental body.
This was after affiliation to the AIPS was ratified at the 79th AIPS Congress in Qatar from Feb. 7 to Feb, 11.
Earlier, a former AIPS-Asia President, Faisal Al Qanal, who was president for 45 years, voluntarily relinquished his re-election bid.
“This is a young team that we have just elected. I expect them to perform better than we did. I expect you all to work hard to galvanise the youth more than we tried to do.
“Even though the bulk of us has given up leadership, we shall not abandon you,’’ Al Qanal said.
At least 28 of the 33 member-nations of AIPS-Asia attended the Manama congress. (NAN)