PT Usha, 58, is the first woman and an Olympian to serve as President of the Indian Olympic Committee . She was the first Indian woman to reach the Olympic finals in Los Angeles in 1984, at the age of 20 .
New Delhi, India, December 12, 2022: Jagdeep Dhankhar, chairman of the Rajya Sabha, congratulated athletics legend and Upper House member PT Usha on becoming the first woman and an Olympian to serve as President of the Indian Olympic Committee (IOC), claiming that her achievements are bound to be inspiring and motivating.When Dhankhar addressed the Upper House at 11 a.m., PT Usha was also the first Indian woman to reach the Olympic finals in Los Angeles in 1984, at the age of 20.In the subsequent years, she set a new record of five Gold medals in the Asian Championship in Jakarta, according to Dhankhar.Shrimati P.T.Usha is currently working in the fields of sports and sports education.Usha ji, the President of the Indian Olympic Association and a member of this august House, all contribute to the development of sports and the development of a healthy society.Her contributions are certain to be inspirational and motivating, Dhankar said.On Saturday (December 10) PT Usha, a 58-year-old Indian athletics legend, became the new head of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the club's first female president.The 58-year-old Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha-for short-is regarded as a phenom in Indian athletics and came onto the scene in the 1980s. She was invited to the Indian contingent for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, thanks to her accomplishments.PT Usha set national records for both the 100m and 200m sprints in 1981 at the age of 16 years.She became the youngest sprinter to ever represent India on the biggest stage for track and field athletes.She fully captured the nation's imagination at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, where she placed silver medals in both the 100m and 200m races. At the 1986 Seoul Asian Games, she captured four more medals.She struggled with a recurrent knee injury in the 1990s, and the Queen of Indian Athletics hung up her boots in 2000.Usha won 23 gold medals in Asian track and field events in the 1980s, 14 of which were gold.