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State boxing units seek amendment

Guwahati, Feb. 24: A section of the affiliated state units of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) has moved the national body to mend its ways in order to bring back boxing to the mainstream.

Altogether 18 state units brainstormed here on Sunday over the federation impasse since September 2012 and decided to request the parent national body to amend its constitution immediately in compliance with the Olympic charter in the interest of the players of the country.

The meeting here constituted a five-member delegation to liaison with the boxing federation.

Disclosing the development, Assam Amateur Boxing Association secretary Hemanta Kalita, who took the initiative of holding the meeting here, said: “The five-member delegation will correspond with the federation regarding the amendment of the constitution, which will involve setting three terms as the maximum limit for one person to be the president, two terms for the secretary general and the maximum age limit of 70 years for the president, as set by the Olympic charter.”

The delegation, that includes Ashit Banerjee of Bengal, Anil Bahidhar of Odisha, John Kharsing of Meghalaya, C.K. Jerath of Chandigarh and B.D. Manmohan of Andhra Pradesh, will also correspond with the government and the Indian Olympic Association to overcome the deadlock.

“We have also moved the federation to resume national tournaments at the earliest in the greater interest of the players of the country,” Kalita added.

The federation was derecognised by the Union sports ministry and the IOA after the executive body was constituted without the mandate of a majority of the affiliated units, in its annual general meeting on September 23, 2012. The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation has 31 state units and four sports promotion boards affiliated to it.

Meghalaya Boxing Association president John Kharsing had reported the matter to the government following which the national body was derecognised.