With its top officials contradicting each other after a corporate-house led group was given recognition to revive the Indian Boxing Federation, Indian Olympic Association Treasurer Anil Khanna has demanded an emergent meeting of the IOA’s Executive Committee to take stock of the controversial issue.
IOA Treasurer Anil Khanna on Monday shot off a letter to President N Ramachandran and Secretary General Rakesh Gupta to immediately call a meeting to discuss the provisional recognition given to ‘Boxing India’ — a brainchild of two private business houses — by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
“There is lack of understanding on the legal status of this new organisation called Boxing India. I have strong views on this subject which I had informed the president on 3rd April itself. I do not wish to express my views through this letter but would like to do so in the meeting of the Executive Council,” Khanna said in the letter.
“It is urgently requested that we have an emergent meeting of the Executive Council and give due importance to the views of all the office bearers including vice-presidents, joint secretaries and executive committee members,” said Khanna, who is also the All India Tennis Association president.
“I believe that we must respect the Government of India, law of the land and the IOA. If there is unanimity and clear understanding between these organisations, there is no reason for an International Sports Federation not to give recognition to a properly approved body,” he added Khanna had also written a similar letter on May 30, demanding the convening of a meeting of the Executive Council but he said he had not got any response.
“I had been reading reports in the newspapers regarding affiliation of an organisation called Boxing India by AIBA without the knowledge and recommendations of the IOA.
“I recollect that in the meeting of 3rd April 2014 many members had given their views that AIBA cannot recognise any federation without the sanction of the same by IOA. IOA is, of course, expected to follow the law of the land for this purpose including free and fair elections,” he had said.
Interestingly, Khanna also wrote in today’s letter that he had not been given a copy of the letter of appointment of the IOA ad-hoc committee to run some affairs of boxing in the country even as the members were asking him for payment for their services.
“As a treasurer of IOA, I have been receiving bills for payment to members of the Adhoc Committee. I have not yet been given a copy of the letter of the appointment of Adhoc Committee and the authority under which the Adhoc Committee was made,” Khanna said in the letter.
The boxing issue had been snowballing into a rift within the IOA with Mehta writing a letter to Ramachandran asking how he had given approval to the AIBA to give provisional recognition to Boxing India in violation of IOA statutes.
AIBA had said in its communications to the IOA that Ramachandran had given approval to giving recognition to Boxing India in a meeting in Lausanne.