The executive director of the Boxing Federation of India RK Sacheti died on Tuesday after a fight with COVID-19. He was 56.
The longtime administrator has been battling the dreaded hospital infection here for the past few days and has been on fan maintenance.
“With a deep sense of grief and sorrow, we inform you that Mr. RK Sacheti, ED (BFI) has left for the heavenly abode this morning, creating a huge void in the world of sports,” the BFI said in a statement.
“He is a member of the IOC Olympic Task Force and a capable administrator with an incomparable contribution to the Flag of India Sports,” it added.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) also expressed its condolences.
“Deeply saddened by the hearing of the sudden death of IOA Associate Joint Secretary, BFI Executive Director and dear friends Sri Raj Kumar Saketi,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said in a statement.
Sachetti first became BFI ED in 2016 and retained his position after incumbent President Ajay Singh was re-elected in the federation elections earlier this year.
“… his contribution to the Olympic and Allied movement in India is fondly remembered,” Mehta said.
Last year, Saketi was invited by the International Olympic Committee’s Expert Group to “advise” on formulating rules for Olympic qualifications. “
The Athletics Federation of India also mourned the death of an experienced administrator.
“The AFI family is really saddened by the news of the death of Mr RK Sacheti, Assoc. VP AFI, due to Covid. I have known him for more than 30 years. He has been part of such big sporting events in India and given the opportunity to many young people. to work in the sports industry, “said AFI President Adil Sumarivala.
Former BFI Secretary-General Jay Cowley said “the sports world has lost an effective administrator”.
“Remembering all the great moments together. Thank you so much for all your contribution to boxing, RKS,” Cowley said in his condolence message.