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AIBA stance to cost Indian boxers dear

New Delhi: The decision of the international boxing federation (AIBA) to terminate India’s primary membership for not holding fresh and impartial elections of the body could cost Indian boxers dear in the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games later this year.

A senior official of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) on Tuesday told The Telegraph that Indian boxers like Vijender Singh, MC Mary Kom and Vikas Krishnan, would now have to compete under the AIBA flag in both the meets.

“Our boxers might not be allowed to be a part of the Indian contingent during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games,” he said.

While the Commonwealth and Asian Games are scheduled in July-August and September-October, respectively, India’s chances of getting re-inducted in the AIBA could only come in November when the world body holds its annual congress in Jeju Islands in South Korea.

“India could be provisionally taken back in the AIBA if the IABF holds fresh elections in the next few months. But the chances of such a quick solution looks remote,” the official said.

Several people in the boxing fraternity complained that the constant efforts of a group within the IABF, led by its former president Abhay Chautala, to cling on to power has brought the progress of the sport to a dead stop in India.

To make matters worse, India now have only eight star grade coaches as AIBA has stopped inviting Indian coaches for their courses. Also, Indian referees are not being invited to officiate in international meets.