Srinagar: The Indian Pencak Silat Federation (IPSF) held Special General Body Meeting at the Hotel Grand Mir International in the heart of Srinagar, Kashmir, on September 10th, 2023 and it witnessed a closely contested election, resulting in the election of a new team to lead the federation for the 2023-2027 term.
Under the supervision of the Returning Officer, Sumit Sharma (B.A LLB), and with the observation of Mohd Iqbal from the International Pencak Silat Federation (PERSILAT), the Asian Pencak Silat Federation (APSIF), and Irfan Aziz Botta from the South Asian Pencak Silat Federation (SAPSF), the IPSF’s democratic process unfolded seamlessly.
“The newly elected executive body is poised to take Indian Pencak Silat to greater heights and foster the development of the sport across the nation. After intense deliberation and voting, the following individuals emerged as the torchbearers of Pencak Silat in India,” statement said.
President: Kishor Prakash Yewale of Maharashtra
Yewale, a distinguished figure hailing from Maharashtra, brings with him a wealth of experience and an unwavering commitment to the role of President. His visionary leadership is eagerly anticipated and is set to steer the future of Pencak Silat in India to new horizons.
Senior Vice President: Philia A. Thomas of Daman & Diu
As the Senior Vice President, Thomas is entrusted with a pivotal role in promoting and nurturing Pencak Silat not only in Daman & Diu but also across the entire country. Her dedication to the sport is an asset to the IPSF.
Vijayakumar of Karnataka
Arun Kumar Sadhu of Gujarat
Abrar Ahmad Shaikh of Madhya Pradesh
These Vice Presidents represent diverse regions of India and are committed to advancing the sport in their respective areas, fostering growth and inclusivity.
Secretary-General: Tariq Ahmad Zargar of Jammu & Kashmir
Hailing from the host state of Jammu & Kashmir, Shri Zargar assumes the vital role of Secretary-General, entrusted with overseeing the administrative aspects of the federation. His local insights and administrative acumen are invaluable assets to the IPSF.
Naorem Boynao Singh of Manipur
Sooraj Prakash Srivastava of Uttar Pradesh
P Mahesh Babu of Tamil Nadu
These Joint Secretaries will collaborate seamlessly, supporting various administrative functions, ensuring the smooth operation of the federation.
Treasurer: Nasir Ahmad Digoo of Jammu & Kashmir
As the Treasurer, Digoo will meticulously manage the financial affairs of the IPSF, ensuring transparency, accountability, and responsible financial stewardship.
Prem Singh Thapa of Odisha
Lakshayajit Dholey of Assam
Antony Cedly Branganza of Goa
Sonia of Haryana
Shaj S.K of Kerala
Abhay Shriwas of Madhya Pradesh
Anuj Dattaguru Sarnaik of Maharashtra
These esteemed Executive Members will actively contribute to shaping the future of Pencak Silat in India, striving to foster a vibrant and inclusive environment for practitioners across the nation.
The newly elected executive body of the Indian Pencak Silat Federation expresses heartfelt gratitude to the members and stakeholders for their trust and support. Together, they look forward to taking Pencak Silat in India to unprecedented heights and building a legacy of excellence in the sport.