After being recognized by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) as a permanent body to govern the sport in the country, the Boxing India had conducted the women’s nationals in October. But now, with the IOA not recognizing them, there were speculations on whether they would finally continue with the tournament. The BI, officials, however assured that all the state units have given their consent and there is no question of calling off the championships.
“We will certainly go ahead with the men’s nationals, as it was planned from a long time. We have taken necessary permission and AIBA has also been informed,” secretary general of BI, Jay Kowli told ABP News on Monday.
Even after the AIBA granting them recognition, the IOA decided to continue with the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) and even made it clear that an ad-hoc committee will continue functioning until the National Games that begins in Kerala next month. And, in order to decide their plan of action, the BI executive committee will be meeting in New Delhi on December 29.
“We have asked all the executive committee members to attend the meeting, and even the state units will be present. We need to take a few important decisions,” Kowli added.
Meanwhile, with this confusion regarding the affiliation continuing, most of the top boxers are in a spot on whether to participate in the tournament. With the AIBA suspending the Indian body in 2012, Indian male boxers have been deprived of a national meet for two years now, and even now, such incident are making the boxers worried. “We seriously don’t want to fall into all these problems. We are sportsmen and that’s what we are good at. We will only take a call assessing the situation,” a noted boxer, who has also participated at the Olympics, said.
It has been turbulent times for Indian boxing, and now with the IOA once again batting for the defunct IABF, the game of uncertainties has begun.