BFI moves closer to holding elections

After receiving a no-objection certificate from the Government, the Boxing Federation of India has got itself registered under the Societies Act. The registration is an essential pre-requisite for a body to be recognised as a national federation.

The AIBA had earlier declared that it would bar Indian boxers from the Olympics if a new national body does not take shape by May 14.

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has moved a step closer to putting in place a democratically-elected national federation before the Rio Olympics. After receiving a no-objection certificate from the Government, the BFI has got itself registered under the Societies Act. The registration is an essential pre-requisite for a body to be recognised as a national federation.

“The registration process is now complete and the BFI is a now a duly registered society in Mumbai,” said a statement from the ad-hoc committee appointed by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

In the next few days the BFI is hoping to complete other requirements, including the opening of a bank account, before going ahead for the elections. “We as BFI have already covered 90 per cent of the distance and now the crucial last lap remains wherein we need to show more unity and more cooperation in order to reach our goal.

“As per the BFI Constitution we require 21 days notice and as per AIBA statutes a month's time period is needed for AIBA to screen the nominations as well. Accordingly, a new date is being worked out as election before May 14 is not possible now,” said AIBA ad-hoc panel chairman Kishen Narsi.

Meanwhile, the Indian boxers have bagged four medals, including three silver and a bronze, in the recently-concluded Asian youth championship in Kazakhstan.

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The AIBA had earlier set a May 14 deadline for the formation of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), but has agreed “in principle” to extend it given the “logistics” involved.

“Seeing the progress that has been made towards constituting the BFI, the AIBA has agreed to extend the deadline from the previously set date of May 14. They have not given us any specific fresh deadline but have assured that our boxers will not be stopped from competing in the Olympics,” a top official said.

“AIBA is satisfied with the progress made by Indian boxing fraternity so far as we have taken many steps together in order to reach this stage wherein we now have a properly Registered Federation with 35 out of 36 states/UTs willing to participate,” he added.

The BFI will adhere to the National Sports Code, which puts a cap on the age and tenure of office-bearers.

In another development, the ad-hoc committee currently running the sport approached Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal, who has been overseeing the functioning of Delhi and District Cricket Association, to either be the Returning Officer for the polls or suggest a few names.

Mudgal, citing his busy schedule, has chosen to send a few recommendations. “I have told them that I cannot take up the position but I have given them a few suggestions, the details of which I cannot reveal right now,” Mudgal said.