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No AIBA nod to Nationals

New Delhi: The suspension of Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) seems to have brought the sport to a complete standstill in India.

With no major domestic tournament since 2012, the top pugilists like Vijender Singh or Mangte Mary Kom are facing the prospect of missing that chance this year too. The world body, AIBA, has refused to recognise the National championships, scheduled in May.

According to sources, the Abhay Chautala-backed ruling group, currently suspended by AIBA, sent a notice to all state associations saying the men’s youth and women’s Nationals would be held in Hyderabad and Delhi, respectively, in May.

However, AIBA said it would not approve the meets.

“The AIBA will not recognise any national competition held in India at present since it does not recognise any government body for the sport of boxing in the country,” said Sebastien Gillot, a senior AIBA official.

The AIBA was alerted by the rebel group in the IABF, which complained to world body’s executive director Ho Kim saying “ the purportedly elected office bearers continue to mislead all affiliated units by sending wrong and fraudulent messages through the IABF website, and also by using official office stationary from the erstwhile IABF office in New Delhi.”

A state official said: “It is unfortunate that Nationals won’t be held this time also as it would effect boxers all over the country”