BFI disciplinary committee to hear Vikas's case on May 20

Vikas Krishan had given a walkover in his middleweight (75kg) Asian Championships semifinal bout against Korea’s Lee Dongyun, the reasons for which are still not officially known.

Vikas Krishan, a two-time Olympian, is among the best of Indian boxers.   -  REUTERS

The Boxing Federation of India’s (BFI) has formed a special three-member committee, headed by seasoned administrator Asit Banerjee, to investigate the issue related to boxer Vikas Krishan forfeiting his 75kg semifinal bout in the recently-concluded Asian championship in Tashkent.

According to a statement issued by BFI secretary Jay Kowli on Sunday, the national body president Ajay Singh wanted to give an opportunity to Vikas to present his side of the story. Besides, all relevant parties in the incident will present their side before the committee, which also comprises Rajesh Bhandari and Nirwan Mukherjee.

The panel has been asked to give its report within 15 days and its chairman, Banerjee, has called for a meeting on May 20.

Vikas had given a walkover in his middleweight (75kg) semifinal bout against Korea’s Lee Dongyun, the reasons for which are still not officially known.

“Vikas will be given a patient hearing. He will be provided a fair chance to present his case and explain the reasons. I have personally assured him of a fair hearing,” Kowli said.

Banerjee said legal experts will assist the committee during the hearing.

“As of now, I have proposed May 20 as the date for the first hearing and we have requested BFI to provide us with technical assistance to conduct the hearing,” he said.

Vikas, a former World Championships bronze-medallist and an Asian Games gold medal winner, was stopped from participating in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) after the Asian Championships fiasco.

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