Expected to end four years of administrative turmoil in Indian boxing, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) was elected to office on Sunday with businessman Ajay Singh winning the Presidential poll by an overwhelming margin. Singh, the Chairman and Managing Director of Spicejet Airlines, got 49 votes against the 15 that his rival Rohit Jainendra Jain of Delhi polled in the election which had observers from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the Sports Ministry to monitor the proceedings.
While AIBA was represented by its Oceania Zone Vice-President Edgar Tanner, the Ministry had deputed Sports Authority of India Director Sushmita Jyotsi as observer.
Maharashtra's Jay Kowli was elected the Secretary General, garnering 48 votes against the 12 by his nearest rival Lenny D'Gama of Goa.
Interestingly, Kowli had been voted out of this same position only last year by these state units. At that time, he was the Secretary General of
Boxing India, which was dissolved following a revolt by the state units.