Indian Boxing Federation executive director RK Sacheti died Tuesday after battling COVID-19. He was 56 years old. The longtime administrator had been battling the dreaded infection in a hospital for a few days and was on life support. Sacheti became BFI ED in 2016 and retained the post after incumbent President Ajay Singh was reelected in federal elections held earlier this year. “With a deep sense of sadness and sorrow, we inform you that Mr. RK Sacheti, ED (BFI) left for a heavenly abode today morning, creating a huge void in the world of sport,” said the BFI in a press release.
“He has been a member of the IOC Olympic Task Force and a knowledgeable administrator with unparalleled contribution to Flag of India sports,” he added.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has expressed sorrow over Sacheti’s death.
“Our beloved RK Sacheti ji, ED Boxing Federation lost the battle against COVID-19. He was one of the pillars that placed India in the league of the best boxing nations in the world. that he can see our boxers at the Olympics.
“I offer my condolences to his family for this monumental loss,” he tweeted.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) also offered its condolences. “Deeply saddened to learn of the sudden disappearance of AIO Associate Assistant Secretary, Executive Director of BFI and dear friend Sri Raj Kumar Sacheti,” AIO Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said in a statement.
“… his contribution to the Olympic and Commonwealth movement in India is memorable,” said Mehta.
Last year, Sacheti was invited by the expert group of the International Olympic Committee to ‘advise’ on the formulation of rules for the Olympic qualifiers’.
The Indian Athletics Federation has also mourned the passing of the longtime administrator. “The AFI family is truly saddened by the news of the death of Mr. RK Sacheti, Asso. VP AFI, due to Covid. I have known him for over 30 years. He has participated in so many major sporting events in India and has given many young people the opportunity to work in the sports industry, ”said AFI President Adille Sumariwalla.
Former BFI General Secretary Jay Kowli said “the world of sport has lost an effective administrator”.
“Remember all the great times together. Thank you very much for your contribution to boxing, RKS,” Kowli said in his condolence message.
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