New Delhi: In a last ditch effort to save its office-bearers from losing their posts, the suspended Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) is now trying to convince the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) not to insist for a re-election of the body.
According to sources, IABF, which has been put under suspension by both the AIBA and the sports ministry, has drafted a new constitution that does not have the provision of having a post of the chairman. It, however, has requested the AIBA not to cancel the results of the elections held last year.
The elections, which were held on September 23 created a storm as the chairman’s post was created to accommodate outgoing president Abhay Singh Chautala. Abhishek Matolia, Chautala’s brother in law, was made the new president.
After several state associations and senior officials complained against the manner the elections were held, IABF was suspended by AIBA pending fresh elections.
“Any attempt to scuttle fresh elections would be a sinister move,” said Asit Banerjee, the president of Bengal Boxing Association. “The AIBA should order re-elections immediately,” he added.