New Delhi: Two of the three boxers, who alleged manipulations during the trials in Patiala for the selection of the national team to take part in the World Championships, have tendered unconditional apology for their actions, according to Indian Boxing Federation sources.
The selection of the Indian squad ran into huge controversy after three pugilists – Arjuna awardee Dinesh Kumar (91 kg), Dilbag Singh (69 kg) and Praveen Kumar (91 kg plus) – alleged that some IBF officials and coaching staff manipulated the trials to keep them out.
“At least two boxers, Dinesh and Praveen, have tendered written apology to the federation,” said a source in the IBF. “The matter could be discussed in the disciplinary committee meeting in the next couple of days.”
The official, however, said that despite the apology letter, the boxers could face strict action for lowering the image and prestige of the federation. No letter has come from Dilbag, he informed. Dilbag had left the camp after the incident.
Earlier this month, the IBF formed a three-member disciplinary committee to look into the allegations of manipulations levelled by the three pugilists, who did not make the squad.
The panel comprises federation’s vice-Presidents ID Nanavati and Mukharjee Nirwan and chairman of the IBF’s Ring Officials Commission Narottam Singh Rawat.
Dinesh is believed to have written that he was sorry for his action. He did it with the belief that he won the bout in the trials and was still ignored for selection. He has promised not to commit the same mistake again, sources said.