Indian track and field legend PT Usha, right, has confirmed that she will be running for the post of President of IOA ©Getty Images

Indian track and field legend PT Usha has confirmed that she will be running for the post of President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

The 58-year-old announced that she has filed the nomination on her Twitter account.

"With the warm support of my Fellow Athletes and National Federations I am humbled and honoured to accept and file for the Nomination of the President Of IOA!," she tweeted.

The deadline to file nominations for the IOA elections ends on Sunday (November 27).

The IOA is scheduled to be held on December 10, with an electoral collage of 77 people including Usha.

The four-time Asian Games gold medallist is among the eight sportspersons of outstanding merit (SOMs) picked by the newly elected Athletes’ Commission.

Olympic bronze medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, Moscow 1980 Olympic hockey champions M M Somaya, former tennis player Rohit Rajpal, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games boxing gold medallist Akhil Kumar, Manchester 2022 champion shooter Suma Shirur, multiple Commonwealth Games badminton medallist Aparna Popat and Asian and Commonwealth Games medallist archer Dola Banerjee are the other SOMs.

The SOMs will be a part of the General Assembly and will have voting rights according to the new IOA Constitution.

Retired judge L Nageswara Rao had amended the IOA constitution with consultation from the IOC and the Olympic Council of Asia.

Two-time Olympic badminton silver medallist PV Sindhu and six-time world boxing champion Mary Kom are among the individuals elected to the IOA Athletes’ Commission.

The Athletes’ Commission was elected on November 14, with Kom to serve as its President while table tennis star Achanta Sharath Kamal will assist her.

Shiva Keshavan, Mirabai Chanu, Gagan Narang, Rani Rampal, Bhavani Devi, Bajrang Lal and OP Karhana are the other members of the Athletes’ Commission.

The IOA elections were supposed to be held last December but it was postponed as the National Olympic Committee was accused of violating the national sports code.

India was to host the International Olympic Committee Session next year in Mumbai in May.

But it was postponed because of governance issues and is expected to be held in September or October 2023.