AIBA calls for elections to determine India’s new boxing federation

With a discredited Boxing India (BI) removed as the national federation of India, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has terminated two national boxing bodies in two years due to internal wrangling.

The BI has been removed as a national federation and new applications are sought to take its place by the international body.   -  AP (File Photo)

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has instructed an ad-hoc committee, which is currently running boxing in India, to conduct elections to determine a new body that will replace a discredited Boxing India (BI). The BI has been removed as a national federation and new applications are sought to take its place by the international body.

In less than two years, the AIBA has excluded two national federations from India due to internal wrangling. First, the international body terminated the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) on the ground of possible manipulation in its elections in December 2012.

The AIBA, which had invited applications from interested parties to replace IABF, recognised BI as the new National federation following its elections in September last year.

However, the internal squabble continued to haunt the new body which fell apart following the removal of its president and secretary in a no-confidence motion earlier this year. Consequently, the apex body suspended BI from its membership.

“The AIBA has also directed the ad-hoc committee to communicate to all the relevant stakeholders and invite all eligible bodies to participate in the elections. The AIBA has also asked the committee to send all the details regarding election process – the list of delegates, candidates and the agenda etc. — which will be reviewed by the AIBA,” said an ad-hoc panel member in a communication.

Meanwhile, the ad-hoc panel has agreed with the coordination committee's suggestion to start the domestic national meets and plan a tentative calendar for the 2015-16 season.