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Boxing Federation of India gets official recognition by Indian Olympic Association

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has been officially recognised as the national body by the Indian Olympic Association and it ends months of indecision over removing the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation as its affiliate.

other sports Updated: Nov 29, 2017 13:27 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
PTI, New Delhi
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The Boxing Federation of India was given recognition by International Boxing Association, paving the way for the IOA to ratify the Olympic charter. (AFP)

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) was recognised as a national body by the Indian Olympic Association, which removed the terminated Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) as its affiliate after months of indecision.

The BFI, already recognised by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the Sports Ministry, finally got the IOA’s nod, which had IABF registered as the official body till now.

“The Olympic Charter clearly says that the sporting federation must be recognised by the international body. So the just followed that. the BFI has been recognised by the AIBA. Therefore the IOA has ratified the Olympic charter. It was a unanimous decision,” BFI President Ajay Singh told PTI on the sidelines of an IOA meeting.

The IOA’s decision is expected to end the IABF’s attempts at reviving itself.

The body, which was first suspended and then terminated by AIBA for manipulation in elections, has been trying to keep itself afloat by organising a couple of meetings with its former members in the past few months. The Sports Ministry had earlier barred IABF from using India as it was no longer a national federation.

The BFI assumed office last year after elections conducted in the presence of observers from the AIBA and the Sports Ministry.

First Published: Nov 29, 2017 13:26 IST