Chautala, IABF relent after suspensions

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 07, 2012 09:51 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 7 (IBNS) Former Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) president Abhay Singh Chautala, who is now the president of suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA), said they were ready to hold re-election into the IABF to satisfy the International Boxing Association (AIBA) which decided to provisionally suspend the IABF over irregularities in its election process.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in India also soon derecognize Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) Friday with immediate effect for violating sports code.

"We have asked IABF to correspond with AIBA. We will reply to them if they are not satisfied us and we will ask for their observer to come and we can hold re-election," he said.

Chautala said he is also ready to resign from his present position as IOA chief if required.

Chautala was elected as the president of the Indian Olympic Association, which has been shockingly suspended by IOC.

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) Executive Committee Bureau on Thursday decided to provisionally suspend the IABF.

"This provisional suspension is also due to the fact that AIBA had learned about possible manipulation of the recent IABF´s election. AIBA will now investigate this election and especially a potential political link between IOA President, as former Chairman of the IABF, and the IABF election," said AIBA.

The boxing body has several politicians and politically connected people at helm.

While formerly IABF was headed by Abhay Singh Chautala of Indian National Lok Dal, the present president is Abhishek Matoria, who is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Rajasthan and is also a brother-in-law of Chautala.

Matoria said he was shocked by the decision of AIBA.

"I am shocked. After providing every detail this happened. I think this is a great de-motivation for all boxers. We provided them (AIBA) whatever they wanted. We are going to take up the issue with both IOC and AIBA," said Matoria.

He said IABF have replied to all queries by AIBA but "have not heard from them, that is the sad part."

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