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The new regime of boxing

New Delhi: The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has decided to hand over the responsibility of running the sport in India to an amalgamation of corporates, sponsors and a section of the long-serving officials.

Having kept India under suspension for more than 16 months since December 2012, the AIBA, on Thursday night, has given the provisional affiliation to a body called Boxing India (BI). The body has officials, which include the CMD of long-time Indian boxing sponsor Monnet Ispat Limited, Sandeep Jajodia, and owner of India’s World Series of Boxing franchise, Udit Sheth.

After the IABF was suspended for possible manipulation in its elections, the Chautala group was back in power when the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) formed an ad-hoc committee for selections and preparations of the national team. Majority of the members in the ad-hoc committee were from the Chautala group.

“The closeness of these Boxing India officials with the AIBA, because of the World Boxing Series sponsorship, helped them to get the recognition,” said an IOA official. “However, they can’t function without the support of the IOA,” he added.

“A presentation was made to the AIBA Executive Committee on ‘Boxing India: Bout Outside the Ring’, led by Mr Sandeep Jajodia CMD, Monnet Ispat Ltd, primary sponsor and keen supporter of boxing, Mr Udit Sheth, WSB India Franchise rights holder and supported by Mr Jay Kowli, president, Maharashtra Boxing Association and a team of Indian boxing enthusiasts and achievers who over the years have contributed towards development of Indian Boxing,” Boxing India said in a joint statement.