Indian Olympic Association approves affiliation to Boxing Federation of India

Sudipta Biswas
IOA president N. Ramachandran has said that the government will discuss the proposal in the cabinet and will inform the body accordingly

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has granted the Boxing Federation of India (BFI’s) affiliation which brought an end to the long-standing impasse between the two sporting bodies.

“As per the directives of the International Olympic Committee vide their letter dated February 7, the IOA grants affiliation to the BFI subject to ratification by the Executive Council/General Body of the IOA,” the IOA stated in a letter to BFI President Ajay Singh.

As IOA approved BFI’s affiliation the long-standing standoff came to an end. The stalemate started in September 2016 when BFI took charge of the sports body after elections in the presence of International Boxing Association (AIBA) and Indian Sports Ministry. Also read: Boxer Shyam Kumar clinches gold medal in Thailand

“I welcome the grant of affiliation by the IOA and look forward to its ratification by IOA’s General body. All sports bodies need to work together for the cause of Indian sport and Indian sportspersons,” BFI chief Ajay Singh said.

IOA had initially refused to approve BFI’s existence which created a massive fiasco as AIBA and Indian Olympic Committee (IOC) asked IOA to resolve the fiasco or face the ban. Also read: Teenage amateur boxer collapses and dies during bout

Initially, the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) was the official boxing governing body of India, but due to a standoff between two groups at IABF, one fraction went on to build BFI. IOA, initially, failed to resolve the issue as many big politicians were involved in the mess.

It had eventually referred the matter to its affiliation committee after persistent requests from the BFI. With this, the BFI now becomes the fully recognized body for Indian boxing, having already been granted affiliation by AIBA and the Sports Ministry.

(With PTI inputs)