Chennai: Indian Olympic Association rejected Boxing India’s application for recognition as the national federation, with its president N Ramachandran saying that BI was “imposed” against the wishes of the IOA.

Ramachandran told that it still recognises the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, whose affiliation was terminated by the AIBA early this. The Sports Ministry had earlier derecognised the IABF.

The decision of the IOA will lead to a bizarre situation where one boxing body is being recognised by its parent international body while another body is being recognised by the national apex sports body. “Boxing issue was discussed at length at the Executive Council Meeting and it was agreed that the body for boxing in India and the body that is recognised by IOA is IABF.

“It is the AIBA which has recognised Boxing India and their elections. Neither the government nor the IOA sent any observer for their elections. We already have a recognised body IABF,” Ramachandran said.

“There were disputes and IOA constituted an ad hoc committee but subsequently AIBA recognised Boxing India. It was imposed and they (AIBA) said BI will hold their elections. IOA took up the matter with AIBA President, we said elections should be held under the aegis of IOA with AIBA observers present. AIBA did not accept these suggestions and BI held their elections under supervision of AIBA,” he added.

“When an election to a national sports federation is being held in India, the National Olympic Committee should be involved, more so when there is a dispute between two groups. Shutting out IOA and taking a unilateral stand is not good for any sport.” —PTI

It is AIBA which has recognised Boxing India and their elections. Neither the government nor the IOA sent any observer for their elections. We already have a recognised body in IABF- N Ramachandran,Indian Olympic Association President

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