Indian Boxing Federation’s suspension to continue

The Indian Boxing Federation’s suspension will not be lifted

after it failed to call fresh elections needed for it to return to

the international fold.

The IBF was suspended last December by the sport’s world body,

the International Boxing Association (AIBA), for not following

proper election procedures when it elevated previous president

Abhay Singh Chautala to chairman of the body. It is also no longer

recognized by India’s sports ministry.

The AIBA had set a Wednesday deadline to organize new elections,

which the IBF hasn’t done.

Sebastien Gillot, AIBA spokesman, told The Associated Press in

an email on Tuesday that the governing body has ”worked to try and

find a way forward for boxing in India” but the process has become

difficult due to problems among various factions of the IBF.

Boxing is an important sport for India as it has recently

started to win medals in the Olympics and other international

competitions.

Vijender Singh won India’s first boxing Olympic medal when he

took bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Female boxer M.C. Mary

Kom also won bronze at the London Olympics.

The Indian Olympic Association was also suspended last year by

the International Olympic Committee for not following its own

constitution and electing tainted officials, notably its new

secretary-general Lalit Bhanot, who had been jailed for 10 months

in a corruption case related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New

Delhi.

The IOC wants the IOA to adopt a new constitution which will bar

all officials charged with any criminal offence by Indian

police.

The IOA is holding a meeting in New Delhi on Sunday to discuss

the new constitution ahead of an IOC general meeting in Switzerland

on Dec. 10, during which the world body may take action on India’s

Olympic future.

An Olympic committee suspension means a national body is

ineligible for IOC funding, officials from the suspended federation

are barred from attending international meetings and its athletes

can’t compete under the national flag at the Olympics.

Indian athletes have been participating in international events

as ”independent athletes” under the IOC flag.