Indian Boxing Federation To Remain Suspended From AIBA
The Indian Boxing Federation "will continue to remain a non-entity for some time now," according to Y. B. Sarangi of THE HINDU. The Int'l Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) on Monday said that the friction among different groups within the organization "had hampered the process of the suspended federation getting back its recognition from the apex body." AIBA PR & Communications Dir Sebastien Gillot said, "Since the September 2012 IABF AGM and elections, the AIBA has worked towards trying and finding a way forward for boxing in India. The process has become increasingly difficult due to the opposing positions adopted by various factions within the IBF." In the changed circumstances, the AIBA said, "It is now clear to AIBA that we will need to work with the IOA in order to reach a solution and get to a position where it will be possible to hold fresh elections." Since the Indian Olympic Association stands suspended by the IOC at present, the AIBA said, "Until the IOC's suspension of IOA is lifted, AIBA will no longer take any further action in relation to the IBF" (THE HINDU, 12/3). The AP reported the AIBA had set a Wednesday deadline "to organize new elections," which the IBF has not done. Boxing "is an important sport for India" as it has recently started to win medals in the Olympics and other int'l competitions (AP, 12/3).