AIBA threatens BFI with suspension over debts

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) will shell out USD 120,000 by May 20 after being threatened with suspension by AIBA.

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: The AIBA stated that depending on whether India complies with the deadline, it will take up BFI's case at its ongoing online executive committee meetings.

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: The AIBA stated that depending on whether India complies with the deadline, it will take up BFI's case at its ongoing online executive committee meetings.   -  AP

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) will shell out USD 120,000 by May 20 after being threatened with suspension by AIBA.

India lost the hosting rights for the 2021 men’s world championship for non-payment of host fee (USD 400,000), which prompted the world body to impose a penalty of USD 500,000 on the national federation.

The AIBA also accused the BFI of not paying the full host fee for the 2018 women’s world championship in Delhi, putting the amount at USD 360,000.

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“We will be paying installments for three months -- March, April and May --, which amount to USD 120,000. This will be done by May 20,” said a BFI source.

“We are hopeful of an amicable solution to the entire issue,” he added, hoping that the penalty would be waived off after negotiations.

The AIBA has set a deadline for the end of this month.

”...we remind you that, according to the AIBA statutes, a National Federation may be suspended if it fails to pay its debt towards AIBA,” stated a letter from the AIBA, which has been sent to the national body.

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The AIBA stated that depending on whether India complies with the deadline, it will take up BFI's case at its ongoing online executive committee meetings.

AIBA Interim president Mohamed Moustahsane had earlier stated that India failed to pay the host city fee by the December 1, 2019 deadline, forcing the world body to award the 2021 event to Serbia. The BFI, on its part, blamed logistical issues for the delay in payment.

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