New Delhi: Racing against time to escape the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) wrath, India’s bickering administrators seem to have struck a conciliatory note by agreeing to christen the proposed new national body as the Boxing Federation of India.
“Responding to the need of the hour of having a duly elected federation to facilitate our boxers, a whopping 33 out of 36 Indian states/UTs have applied to Boxing Federation of India for membership and for the journey ahead to get India back in the international arena,” AIBA-appointed ad hoc committee currently administering the sport said. India has time till May 14 to put together a new federation, failing which the AIBA has threatened to bar the country’s boxers from the Rio Games in August.
Meeting on April 16
Faced with a tough-posturing AIBA, the Indian administrators held a meeting with Sports Authority of India (SAI) Director Injeti Srinivas in the capital on April 7. After much deliberation, it was decided to hold a stakeholders’ meet on April 16 in Kolkata where the date of the fresh elections is to be announced.