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Indian Olympic Association asks state units to decide on a boxing federation

Acting on the directions of the Delhi High Court, the Indian Olympic Association has sought feedback from its state units to take a decision on giving recognition to either Boxing India or Indian Amateur Boxing Federation.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:January 25, 2016, 5:24 PM IST
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Acting on the directions of the Delhi High Court, the Indian Olympic Association has sought feedback from its state units to take a decision on giving recognition to either Boxing India or Indian Amateur Boxing Federation. (Getty Images)
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New Delhi: Acting on the directions of the Delhi High Court, the Indian Olympic Association has sought feedback from its state units to take a decision on giving recognition to either Boxing India or Indian Amateur Boxing Federation though both have been derecognised by the world body, AIBA.

A single bench of the High Court, in its November 11, 2015 decision, has asked the IOA to take a decision in this regard by January 31.

The court also asked the BI to apply to IOA for recognition by November 27 last while IABF is already recognised by the country's apex body of sports.

The IOA, on its part, has written to its state Olympic associations to communicate with it on which out of the two - BI and IABF -- was working for the benefit of boxing.

"In furtherance of the order passed by Hon'ble Delhi High Court in W.P. (C) No. 7874 of 2015, you are requested to kindly get back to us after finding out from your respective state boxing association as to whether which out of the two i.e BI or IABF is working for the benefit of boxing and boxers in your respective state preferably within a period of one week," the IOA said in a letter to its state units.

"...so that decision with regard to the directions given by Hon'ble Delhi High Court in the above judgement may be made by 31.01.2016 and communicated as per directions," it added.

The IOA also asked the state Olympic associations to provide a copy of registration certificate of the boxing association with Registrar of Societies if their respective states.

The High Court had also directed the sports ministry, which was also a party in the case, to consider the decision of the IOA and decide before March 15 on which body should be recognised as the National Sports Federation for boxing.

The development may lead to another round of uncertainty in the sport as the world body AIBA is not bound to give affiliation to the body recognised by the IOA or the government.

The AIBA currently recognised an ad hoc body constituted under its direction and Indian boxers are allowed to participate in the international events under its banner.

The petition at the High Court had sought directions to be issued to the government to withdraw the recognition given to the ad hoc committee of AIBA (which was impleaded as a respondent), create another ad hoc committee in consultation with the IOA and other state units of boxing to run the affairs of the sport and revive Boxing India.

The AIBA, via an e-mail, had said that the matter was beyond the jurisdiction of the court which, however, proceeded to decide on the case.

The IOA had claimed before the court that it has the authority to recognise the body to manage the sport of boxing in India and it is only that body which will be recognised by AIBA internationally.

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