The Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) has been dealt a big blow with the International Amateur Boxing Federation (AIBA) saying it would not allow Indian boxers to participate in international events if the IBF doesn’t hold elections and amend its constitution soon.
However, IBF is hopeful of finding a solution.
According to AIBA, the suspension it slapped on the federation has been extended to the players and coaches as well.
Earlier in December, AIBA had slapped a ban on the IBF for not amending its constitution as per AIBA’s statute and also for ‘manipulating’ its elections.
“Given the lack of progress made to resolve the situation in India, AIBA has been left with no choice but to extend its suspension to all boxers and coaches until such time as this complicated situation has been resolved,” AIBA’s PR and communication director, Sebastien Gillot, told PTI.
It has been learnt that after banning the IBF, AIBA was dealing with the sports ministry directly to allow boxers and coaches to participate in international events.
But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) felt this was against the Olympic Charter and would compromise the autonomy of the national sports federation. AIBA wrote to the ministry that they wouldn't communicate with them.
Since it does not recognise any of the newly-elected members, they cannot send invitations, etc to anyone in the IBF.
AIBA has communicated to the IBF, through its old body, that they want the Indian body to amend its constitution as per the AIBA guidelines and holding re-elections.
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The international body wants that amateur boxing, World Series of Boxing and AIBA professional boxing should be part of the constitution, which means if any unit refuses to release its player for the professional venture of AIBA, IBF has the right to take action against the respective unit.
According to the IBF, they have already prepared a draft of an amended constitution on the lines of the AIBA statute.
The IBF believes that since the next international event is in February they are hopeful of reaching a solution.
“We will see that our boxers don’t get affected,” says an official.
The next international event is to be held in Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany) during the month of February. This is a senior event and some of the organisers have already sent their invitaitons.
Recently the Indian junior and sub-junior boxers went o Serbia after the IBF was suspended by the international body. Before them the youth team went to Azerbaijan for an international invitaitonal tournament in December.