Asian Games: Indian boxers cleared to fight under tricolour

After giving provisional recognition to Boxing India, the sport's world body has now permitted Indian pugilists to take part in the Asian Games under the national tricolour.

The move by International Boxing association (AIBA) also means the national anthem will be rendered during the medal ceremony when an Indian wins a gold medal at the Games, to be played from September 19 to October 4 at Incheon, South Korea.

"AIBA has given permission to the Indian boxers to fight under the Indian flag at the Asian Games. When an Indian wins a gold medal, the national anthem will be rendered during the medal ceremony," said AIBA Indian representative and senior boxing official Kishen Narsi today.

AIBA has also asked the newly-elected BI body, headed by industrialist Sandeep Jajodia, to apply for membership of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

Th world body has declared that the six-member ad-hoc body appointed by IOA to handle boxing affairs in India has ceased to exist.

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