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IABF is a divided house

New Delhi: Indian pugilists may have been allowed to participate in international competitions under the world body’s flag, but the suspended Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) remains a completely divided house.

A special general body meeting called by the IABF on March 10 in Chandigarh, to decide on a draft constitution, has been hastily cancelled after one of the members lodged a complaint with the international body (AIBA).

In a letter to AIBA president Ching-Kuo Wu, the Meghalaya Boxing Association chief John Kharshiing alleged that the IABF officials have “illegally” called the meeting and intentionally ignored several members while sending the notice for the AGM.

The Meghalaya official suggested that a committee comprising of individuals such as Olympic medallist MC Mary Kom and director general, Sports Authority of India (SAI), should be given the responsibility to manage the IABF affairs till new elections were held.

IABF, which was suspended by AIBA and sports ministry for alleged manipulations in elections and not following the sports code, said the amended constitution has been approved by the world body. “The amended constitution has been approved and we have sent a copy of it to the sports ministry,” IABF secretary Rajesh Bhandari said.