Veteran Indian sports administrator Randhir Singh has been appointed as the chairman of the Coordination Committee of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games by the General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

Randhir had served as Secretary General of the OCA for 24 years between 1991 and 2015.

Seventy-two-year-old Randhir, a five-time Olympian shooter, is currently a Honorary Life Vice-President of the OCA. He served as the Secretary General of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) from 1987 to 2012 and was a full member of the International Olympic Committee from 2001 to 2014 before becoming its honorary member.

“I am very happy to be appointed (as head of Asian Games Coordination Committee). It is a great honour and responsibility,” Randhir told PTI from Bangkok, where the OCA General Assembly was held.

“It is for a four-year cycle and I will also be working in the same capacity in the 2020 Asian Beach Games in Sanya (China),” he added.

Last month, Randhir led the OCA’s delegation for the first meeting of the Coordination Committee for the 2022 Asian Games and met Hangzhou Mayor Xu Liyi to have a first-hand understanding of the preparation of the Games.