Change in AIBA leadership may not affect India

Notwithstanding the present turmoil within the International Boxing Association (AIBA), the change in leadership and other issues may not affect Indian boxing in any way, says AIBA vice-president Edgar Tanner.

Edgar Tanner (right) and M. C. Mary Kom in Guawahati.   -  PTI

Notwithstanding the present turmoil within the International Boxing Association (AIBA), the change in leadership and other issues may not affect Indian boxing in any way, says AIBA vice-president Edgar Tanner.

AIBA president Ching-Kuo Wu, who was suspended from duty last month over various issues including financial irregularities, “decided to step down” on Monday as the AIBA and Wu amicably agreed to resolve the management issues and to withdraw and terminate all related pending procedures before civil courts and AIBA Disciplinary Commission.

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The Boxing Federation of India (BFI), which came into being in September last year, had established a good relationship with Wu.

Tanner, who is here as an AIBA representative for the ongoing World youth women's boxing championship, said India should not be affected after Wu's exit. “The change in leadership in the AIBA has nothing to do with Indian boxing,” Tanner told Sportstar.

Tanner was effusive in praise of Indian boxers and the BFI’s organisational skills and expected a brighter future for Indian boxing.

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“Indian boxing has been doing a good job. There have been some fine boxers from the country. They had their problems for some time. But now the BFI is doing well. What I see here is, the World youth women's boxing event is well conducted. The opening ceremony was fantastic. They are also trying to host the World championships for men and women in future.”

Speaking about AIBA’s future, Tanner hoped that all the problems would be sorted out shortly and international federation would emerge as a stronger organisation.