Indian boxing out in cold

AFP, LAUSANNE, Switzerland

Wed, Mar 05, 2014 - Page 19

The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) has been provisionally excluded by the sport’s global governing body — the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) — it was announced on Monday.

The IABF had already been suspended in December 2012, but the AIBA — whose president is the reformist Wu Ching-Kuo of Taiwan — had promised to review that decision once the International Olympic Committee lifted its suspension of the Indian Olympic Association last month.

“It is with much regret that the International Boxing Association Executive Committee has decided to end any official relationship with its current suspended member, the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation after an extensive evaluation and assessment of all issues surrounding the sport of boxing in India,” the statement read.

“Before and after the IOA election and lifting of suspension, AIBA received different claims from various groups of people on the way the sport of boxing was managed in India and it has therefore now become totally impossible for AIBA to make proper judgments in terms of handling the National Federation’s affairs in India,” it said.

“Based on the reasons set out above and in accordance with article 18.2 of the AIBA Statutes, the IABF is now provisionally excluded from AIBA Membership as of today [Monday],” the association said.

“The AIBA EC will make a final decision and rehabilitate a National Federation for boxing in India as soon as it deems that it has found the right group of people, who will support the principles of AIBA in terms of ethics and fairness, and who care primarily about the boxers and our beloved sport and not about their personal interests,” the association added.

“AIBA will now wait for requests by any organization or person to submit an application and, once contacted, full guidelines for the new application process will be given,” the association said.