Newly-elected boxing chief Sandeep Jajodia assures national championship will be held after a hiatus of two years in November this year
In what will come as welcome news to India's boxers, newly-elected Boxing India (BI) president Sandeep Jajodia has said that the nationals, that have not been held for two years now, will be conducted in the end of November this year.
Cliodhna Guy (extreme left) shakes hands with Jay Kowli (right) as Kishan Narsi and Sandeep Jajodia look on. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi
The tournament went missing since Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), the erstwhile national boxing association, was suspended by the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) in Dec 2012 for "manipulation in the electoral process".
"Now that our office-bearers are in place, it's time to get our boxers back into the ring. I am eager to restore boxing action. Boxing India will soon set the stage for the National Championship and end the dry spell for our boxers who have been out of the ring for so long.
BI will ensure that our boxers always compete under the national flag henceforth," Jajodia assured reporters after the BI elections were held in the city yesterday.
Maharashtra Boxing Association's Jay Kowli was elected as Secretary General, while Assam Amateur Boxing Association's Hemanta Kumar Kalita was made Treasurer of the new association that is yet to get affiliation from AIBA.
According to sources, getting affiliation is only a matter of time with AIBA-appointed observer Kishen Narsi and the world body's legal department official Cliodhna Guy having already sent their reports on the electoral process to the organisation yesterday night.