New Delhi: Ousted Boxing India President Sandeep Jajodia is unwilling to give up just yet and has sought a meeting with International Boxing Association (AIBA) to discuss what he calls an “externally engineered” revolt against him. Jajodia, who was removed as Boxing India President at a Special General Meeting on Sunday via a No Confidence Motion, said he won’t throw in the towel despite losing the vote 2-55. Jaojodia said he would brief AIBA President Dr Ching Kuo-Wu of the situation as soon as he meets him.
Speaking to PTI, the industrialist, who took charge of BI in September last year, also tried to strike a conciliatory note with the rebelling state units, insisting that their discontent with him has been actively fuelled by the Indian Olympic Association.
“We are in touch with AIBA, we have told them what the BI constitution says. We have told them everything, it’s in their knowledge. I will meet AIBA President personally, I have already sought an appointment,” he said.
The IOA had steadfastly refused to grant recognition to BI. “If AIBA expels BI for this illegal SGM, then what will I or anybody do? I feel the IOA’s adamant stand shook up the state units. They feared that IOA might create parallel bodies and make them irrelevant. They got worried and therefore they stalled a functional body. It was a result of external forces,” Jajodia said.
“It was a wrongly called SGM, its decisions are null and void, illegal,” he asserted. “This destabilisation of Boxing India is a big setback for Indian boxing. I think the state units can reconsider. I can meet them, I can do anything to bring things back on track, anything for the sport,” he added. Asked about the discontent against him, Jajodia said the criticism that he has been uncommunicative is unfair.
“As far as being accessible is concerned, I would like to know who has sent me a mail which has gone unanswered, any message that has gone unanswered or any call to which I have not responded. I chaired two Executive Committee meetings in six months, what more should the President do to communicate?” he asked.