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IABF in more trouble

New Delhi: The controversy-marred elections of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) held last Sunday got into further trouble when two of its newly-elected office bearers declined to accept their posts alleging manipulations in the elections.

While vice president designate Asit Banerjee and joint secretary Rupak Debroy have already sent in their resignations, the Meghalaya Amateur Boxing Association (MABA) president Jonh F Kharshiing has lodged a complaint with the union sports ministry over the manner in which the elections were held at Patiala.

Kharshiing, who filed his nomination to contest only to find his name missing from the list, has demanded fresh elections citing gross irregularities in process and procedure in conducting the meeting.

Described as farce by several boxing officials, the IABF elections saw a new post of chairman being created to accommodate the outgoing president and Haryana politician Abhay Chautala. The post of president went to 29-year-old Abhishek Matoria, a BJP MLA from Rajasthan and a relative of Chautala.

So chaotic was the annual general meeting (AGM) that it did not even have time to adopt a resolution to praise MC Mary Kom for her bronze-winning performance in London Olympics.

When asked, a sports ministry official said: “We have made it clear that elections of the national sports federations (NSFs) would have to be held in accordance with the High Court order on government guidelines. Otherwise, the results cannot be accepted.”

In case the ministry does not accept the IABF results, it could have far-reaching effects, as Chautala is expected to contest for the post of president in the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) elections on November 25.