Sports ministry de-recognizes IABF

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 07, 2012 11:23 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 7 (IBNS) The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in India on Friday derecognized Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) Friday with immediate effect for violating sports code, soon after International Boxing Association (AIBA) decided to provisionally suspend the national governing body for boxing in India over irregularities in its election process.

"The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has suspended recognition of Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) with immediate effect," said Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh at a press conference here on Friday.

"The decision has been taken as the election of the IABF held on 23.09.2012 were in violation of the procedure laid down in the Sports Code," he said.

He said one of the major defects was the publication of the electoral roll was flawed because it was not possible for the electoral roll to be dispatched to members by post prior to the last date for filing of nominations and merely publishing on the website is not considered sufficient notice or information to all members.

"Members were not given sufficient time to file nominations as the gap between the finalization of the electoral roll and the filing of nomination was too short to allow people to travel large distances and file nominations personally," said Singh.

"Nominations of candidates were taken from the floor of the House on a date which was after last date of nomination and this is not permissible," he said.

"In view of this, the entire election needs to be held afresh. The Government has to suspend the recognition of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation pending fresh elections."

"A notice will be sent to the IABF to confirm that they will hold fresh elections under independent supervision within a period of 15 days failing which the de-recognition will be made absolute," the minister said.

"The International Boxing Federation has also suspended the IABF, pending enquiry into the elections held on 23.09.2012. This will mean that boxers from India may find it difficult to participate in international events.

"The Government of India will open a dialogue with the IABF to set in place interim measures so that the athletes are not affected," Singh said.

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