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India thrown out of AIBA

New Delhi: In a huge blow to Indian boxing, international boxing association (AIBA) on Monday decided to end any official relationship with the suspended Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) after an “extensive evaluation and assessment surrounding the sport in India”.

With this, the AIBA has also decided to provisionally throw India out as a primary member of the world body in accordance to article 18.2 of the AIBA statutes. It also stressed on the need to hold fresh and unbiased elections.

The Indian boxers, however, will be allowed to participate in international meets under the AIBA flag. But it would be difficult for India to receive any invitation for top international meets.

The AIBA action came after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) reportedly wrote a letter to the world body saying the previously elected IABF committee, which was accused of manipulating the elections, should be allowed to continue and there was no need to hold fresh elections.

In December 2012, AIBA suspended India and asked IABF to hold fresh elections.

Indicating that the AIBA was extremely upset with the way Abhay Chautala and his men were running Indian boxing, the Bengal boxing president Asit Banerjee said: “It is a big blow for Indian boxing. IOA is working under the influence of a particular group of people. This could keep India suspended for many years.”

Upset with the attitude of IOA and existing members of the IABF, the AIBA president, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, in a strongly worded statement, said: “As AIBA president and on behalf of the entire boxing family, I am expressing my deepest regret and sadness that we had to take this decision.

“AIBA has always regarded India as one of the most important members of its family. But it has become impossible for us to bear the hard feelings, the pain and suffering the boxers as well as the boxing family in India had to go through under the past and recent leadership, which has also been damaging the image, reputation and interest of our sport in the country.”

In his statement, the AIBA boss has made it clear he had no faith in the current group of people running the IABF.