Indian boxers will suffer if BI wrangling doesn’t end: AIBA
Livid with the administrative wrangling in Boxing India (BI), the world body AIBA on Friday warned that the country’s pugilists will “suffer” ahead of this year’s Olympic qualifiers if the warring factions do not resolve their differences and get the federation registered.
Speaking to PTI from Lausanne, the International Boxing Association Communication Director William Louis-Marie said the world body is well aware of the revolt that led to the ouster of BI President Sandeep Jajodia and Secretary General Jay <g data-gr-id="35">Kowli</g> in a Special General Meeting earlier this month.
“We are not <g data-gr-id="34">pleased at</g> all with whatever is happening in India. We do not know who to talk to as Boxing India has not even been registered as yet. We gave affiliation to it in November last year and it is disappointing that it is still not a registered body,” Louis-Marie said in a telephonic interview.
“How can we work with such an organisation? It is difficult for us to reach out to anyone at this moment. We are dealing with a very grey area here,” he added.
Jajodia was ousted after an overwhelming vote against him in the No Confidence Motion was brought in at a Special General Meeting, a move which was termed “illegal” by the incumbent.
He lost the motion 2-55 after 57 of the 64 general body members voted against him.
Louis-Marie said the boxers will be the biggest losers if the pandemonium persists.
“We are quite disappointed with India right now and boxers are the ones who will suffer. We have to have a registered body to work things out, right now there is no official representation from India,” he asserted.
Asked if the Indian boxers would be barred from the October World Championships, also a qualifying event for next year’s Olympics, Louis-Marie said, “Right now it is difficult for boxers to be there if the situation persists. I am again saying they will suffer the consequences because we have nobody to speak to in India right now.”
BI was instituted in September last year after elections monitored by AIBA. But it had been struggling to run the show smoothly owing to the IOA’s adamant refusal to grant recognition to it.
7 medals assured for India in Doha boxing tourney
Commonwealth Games <g data-gr-id="104">silver-medallist</g> L <g data-gr-id="96">Devendro</g> Singh (49kg) advanced to the final, while six others entered the semis as Indian boxers shone <g data-gr-id="102">bright</g> in the Doha International Tournament, a test event for the World Championships scheduled there later this year.
Devendro, who got a bye in the opening round, entered the final after his Qatar rival Al Rafeek Yahea was declared medically unfit on Friday. Meanwhile, former Asian gold-medallist Shiva Thapa (56kg), Gaurav Bhiduri (52kg), Mandeep Jangra (69kg), Manish Kumar (60kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Vikas Krishan (75kg) made the semifinals.
Shiva out-punched Jordan’s Al Wadi Mohammad 3-0, while Manish got the better of Tunisia’s <g data-gr-id="65">Elmejri</g> Ahmad 2-1.
Mandeep, also a Commonwealth Games <g data-gr-id="70">silver-medallist</g>, reached the last four after beating Afghanistan’s <g data-gr-id="68">Allahdad</g> <g data-gr-id="69">Rahemi</g>.
Manoj beat Morocco’s Younes <g data-gr-id="71">Baati</g> to book his <g data-gr-id="72">semifinal</g> berth. Vikas and Gaurav, on the other hand, got byes into the <g data-gr-id="73">semifinal</g> stage in a relatively small draw given the low participation in the event.
The tournament features a total of 12 countries and is a buildup for the October World championships, which is also an Olympic qualifying event.