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The farce of IBF elections

New Delhi: Strange are the ways of Indian sports administration.

The Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) supremo Abhay Chautala on Sunday stepped down as the president of the body as per the government guidelines. But that’s not the news. What’s striking is that a new post of chairman was created for him almost immediately.

In the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the IBF, held at Patiala, the post of president went to 29-year-old Rajasthan MLA Abhishek Matoria, a close relative of Chautala.

“It was a farce in the name of elections,” said a source in the IBF. “Chautala had no option but to step down since the government guidelines clearly bars an office bearer to occupy the office beyond two terms. So, the new post of chairman was created to accommodate him,” he added.

The AGM also decided that chairman would enjoy full voting rights. It is believed that Chautala would be representing the IBF in the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) elections. The Haryana politician is expected to contest for the post of IOA president.

The outgoing secretary PK Muralidharan Raja and Bengal’s Asit Banerjee were elected senior vice-presidents, though both of them had remained office bearers for more than two terms and their re-elections could be seen as violation of the sports ministry guidelines.

Rajesh Bhandari from Himachal Pradesh was elected the secretary general.