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AIBA may suspend the boxers

New Delhi: A miffed International Boxing Association on Thursday said it was left with no choice but to suspend the Indian boxers and coaches from world events given the “lack of progress” in resolving the electoral mess that led to IABF's suspension late last year.

“Given the lack of progress made to resolve the situation in India, AIBA has been left with no choice but to extend its suspension to all boxers and coaches until such time as this complicated situation has been resolved,” AIBA's PR and Communication Director Sebastien Gillot said.

The AIBA provisionally suspended the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) in December last year citing the International Olympic Committee's suspension of the Indian Olympic Association and “possible manipulation in its elections”.

The international body asked the IABF to hold a re-election and amend its constitution to fulfil the criteria of getting the suspension revoked.

The world body had allowed the boxers and coaches to compete in international events in the meantime but that concession has now been taken back.

Gillot said the onus is now on the IABF to act fast and save the athletes any hassle.