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
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
The IOC wants the IOA to adopt a new constitution which will bar
all officials charged with any criminal offence by Indian
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
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.