IWF President Birendra Prasad Baishya will become chief of India for the Tokyo Olympics

NEW DELHI: Birendra Prasad Baishya, president of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) was on Thursday named Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"It is for the first time that the sport of weightlifting has been accorded with honour of Chef de Mission for the Olympic Games," IWF secretary Sahdev Yadav said in a release.

Baishya is also one of the IOA vice presidents besides holding several other positions like executive board member - International Weightlifting Federation, vice president of Asian Weightlifting Federation and vice president of Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation.