Business house Monnet Ispat head Sandeep Jajodia is all set to become the president of AIBA-approved Boxing India in its election to be held in Mumbai on July 9, according to a senior official of the group.
An “unanimous” view has emerged that Jajodia “is the right candidate” to occupy the president’s post, Neetal Naarang, Assistant Vice-President (Corporate Communications) of Monnet Ispat said on Tuesday.
“Jajodia is being looked upon as the right candidate for the position of president. It’s going to be a unanimous choice (in the July 9 elections),” she said.
Boxing India was handed provisional recognition by the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) in May after Indian Boxing Federation was suspended in December 2012 before being terminated earlier this year for failing to adhere to AIBA’s diktat of holding fresh elections and adopting a revamped constitution.
Naarang said Jajodia, the Chairman and Managing Director of long-time Indian boxing sponsor Monnet Ispat and vice-president of top business chamber ASSOCHAM, has found support from the 26 state units which turned up last month in Mumbai in the first AGM on the back of his commitment to the sport in the last six years.
Udith Seth, the other person who floated Boxing India along with Jajodia, is unlikely to contest elections. Seth is the owner of India’s World Series of Boxing franchise and AIBA rules are said to be the reason behind his decision not to contest the elections.
“Since 2008, Monnet Ispat has been sponsoring boxing as a Corporate Social Responsibility activity. We (Monnet Ispat) have not ventured into any other sport and have been committed to boxing for the last six years with Jajodia as the head of the company. “So, it is natural that he will be looked upon as a choice to be fit for the president’s post of boxing federation.”
The official, however, was non-committal when asked about the other officials likely to join Jajodia as office bearers. “We are going through an election process with the aim of conducting a free and fair elections. We will follow the rules and regulations and elect the other office bearers in a free and fair manner,” she said.
The filing of nominations for the July 9 elections ended today while July 4 will be the last date for withdrawal. The AIBA will be having its executive committee meeting from July 16-18 in Antayla, Turkey and the world body may give final recognition to Boxing India after the July 9 elections.
She said she had written to the IOA and the Sports Ministry to also send observers for the elections. “An AIBA observer is coming for the elections. We have also written to the IOA and Sports Ministry to send observers for the elections.”
It was on March 3 that the AIBA Executive Committee decided to terminate India “due to serious violations of the AIBA Statutes and Bylaws”.
Following this, it was decided to establish a new National Federation in India with the right group of people who would support the principles of AIBA in terms of ethics and fairness.
For that, AIBA launched an Evaluation Committee to assess all the applications received by potential groups or individuals interested in establishing a new Federation, following which Boxing India was recognised. However, there was some controversy after that with Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Rajeev Mehta raising objections to the manner in which Boxing India was given recognition.