In a major setback to the suspended Indian Amatuer Boxing Federation (IABF), the world body AIBA decided to end any official relationship with it. The AIBA said that only the formation of a new national federation had the potential to change its stand.
“As AIBA President and on behalf of the entire boxing family, I am expressing my deepest regret and sadness that we had to make this decision”, stated Dr Ching-Kuo Wu in a statement issued on Monday evening. “AIBA has always regarded India as one of the most important members of its family, but it has become impossible for us to bear the hard feelings, the pain and suffering the boxers as well as the boxing family in India had to go through under the past and recent leadership, which has also been damaging the image, reputation and interest of our sport in the country,” added Wu.
The decision was taken by the AIBA executive committee after the evaluation and assessment of the Indian body’s progress since its suspension in December 2012 and Monday’s decision came after the IABF has failed to hold its Annual General meeting and elections. Earlier last month, when Indian Olympic Association’s suspension was lifted by IOC, there was hope that AIBA would also lift the suspension on IABF.
But the world body stated on Monday that it received different claims from various groups in India and it became totally impossible for AIBA to make a proper judgement in case of IABF.
“It is believed that the only way to get the sport of boxing back on track in India would be for it to be left in the hands of trustful, clean and honest people who love boxing. We have to give the opportunity to any group of people with passion and love for our sport to submit applications for the establishment of a new National Federation. AIBA will, however, not tolerate any governmental or sports authority interference in this process.” stated Wu in the statement.
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As per the latest decision, the IABF is now provisionally exluded from AIBA membership in accordance with article 18.2 of the AIBA Statutes.
Playing under AIBA flag
Meanwhile the boxers and coaches will be authorised to participate at any competition under the AIBA flag. AIBA also stated that it will now wait for requests by any organisation or person to submit an application and once contacted, the world body will give the full guidelines for the new application process.
“Despite AIBA warnings, the current federation ignored the matter and failed to organise the Annual General Meeting. A lot of state units did not correspond with the current federation and the situation got worse. After the current development, we will now wait for those who come forward to stake the claim for the new federation,”stated an official of a state unit of IABF.