The Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) has constituted a three-member disciplinary panel to look into the allegations of manipulation during the trials conducted to select the national team for the World Championship.
During the trials held in Patiala between August 26-28, Dinesh Kumar (91kg), Dilbag Singh (69kg) and Praveen Kumar (+91kg), went on record to say that the selection committee was biased.
This has caused embarrassment to the federation, which is fighting to get recognition from the world body.
Course of action
Confirming the development, IBF secretary-general, Rajesh Bhandari, said the members of the panel will meet in New Delhi on Tuesday to decide on the course of action.
The panel includes the federation’s vice-president ID Nanavati and chairman of the ring officials’ commission, Narottam Singh Rawat.
According to Bhandari, Dinesh, Dilbag and Praveen would be served a show-cause notice to explain their conduct.
“The players will get a chance to explain their point of view. Let’s see what happens,” he said.
Bhandari said it was premature to say if the panel would ban the players.
“It depends on what the players have to say in their defence, and the basis on which they levelled the allegations,” he added.
Bhandari said the allegations would hamper the IBF’s attempts to get recognition from the world body. “This negative development could delay the process,” he felt.