Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma  Credit: Twitter

Guwahati: Badminton Association of India (BAI) president and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was on Saturday elected as the vice-president of Badminton Asia Council (BAC).

The 50-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader secured 35 votes out of the total 40 polled.

Commenting on the development, BAC general secretary Ajay Singhania said: “The BAI president is making his foray in the continental committee and we are sure it will help the national council to get added support from the Asian body and work to develop badminton in the region.”

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Meanwhile, BAC president Anton Subowo also appointed BAI secretary (tournaments) Omar Rashid as the deputy chairman of Badminton Asia’s Development Committee. Sudhakar Vemuri will assume charge as the deputy chairman of BAC’s Technical Committee.

Earlier, Sarma was unanimously elected as the president of BAI during its general body meeting in Goa last year.

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