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  IOA to consider affiliation for newly formed boxing body

IOA to consider affiliation for newly formed boxing body

PTI
Published : Sep 27, 2016, 12:49 am IST
Updated : Sep 27, 2016, 12:49 am IST

Conspicuous by its absence in the elections to constitute the Boxing Federation of India despite being requested to send an observer, the IOA on Monday said it will consider giving affiliation to the

Conspicuous by its absence in the elections to constitute the Boxing Federation of India despite being requested to send an observer, the IOA on Monday said it will consider giving affiliation to the newly-formed body following the “good” conduct of polls.

The Indian Olympic Association had been asked to depute an observer by both the International Boxing Association (Aiba) and the International Olympic Committee for the polls.

However, no IOA representative showed up at the polls on Monday, raising doubts that it might again play hardball, having previously denied recognition to the now-dissolved Boxing India.

“You see the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (which governed the sport till its termination in 2012) is still a member of the IOA. We are being told that state units have submitted affidavits to BFI stating that they have resigned from membership of IABF. We will scrutinise these affidavits and take a call in the next one month or so,” IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta said.

The IABF has been derecognised by both Aiba as well as the sports ministry but it continues to seek a revival through a litigation pending in the Delhi High Court.

Mehta said although the IOA did not have a formal representative at Sunday’s BFI elections in Mumbai but it has got positive feedback about the polls.

“The feedback we have got is that it was a good election and BFI’s affiliation will be taken up by IOA in a month’s time. Let’s see how things move,” he said.

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