Changes beckon Indian boxing administration

The National boxing federation, which has been through a tumultuous period due to factionalism since its controversial elections in 2012, finally seems to have made some progress to put in place a duly elected body.

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) had asked the National boxing federation to hold the elections by May 14   -  K. Bhagya Prakash

The boxing administration in the country may witness some interesting changes, including the likelihood of the Bengal being prominent, if the first general body meeting of the newly-floated Boxing Federation of India (BFI) here on Saturday goes off smoothly.

The National boxing federation, which has been through a tumultuous period due to factionalism since its controversial elections in 2012, finally seems to have made some progress to put in place a duly elected body. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) had asked it to hold the elections by May 14 in order to ensure the Indian boxers’ participation in the Rio Olympics.

Considering the fact that majority of the state units have come together and applied for affiliation with the BFI, Saturday’s meeting here should pave the way for finalising the constitution of the newly-formed body, the road ahead for elections and the date of polls.

“Out of 36 units, only two, Karnataka and Telengana, have some issues. We have formed a committee comprising senior administrators to look into the matter. If they do not sort out their problems, then we will have to move on without them,” said Jay Kowli, a key member of the AIBA ad-hoc committee, on Friday.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Bengal unit has been involved in close consultation with the Bengal Olympic Association (BOA) to field a strong candidate, who will be acceptable to most of the state units in the upcoming elections.

“All initiatives are being taken to achieve the primary objective of thwarting any possible manipulation and hold elections in a transparent manner,” said a source close to the development.