Indian Boxing Federation seeks guideline relaxation before elections

Updated: 27 August 2012 17:59 IST

The government guidelines would force a change in the Indian Boxing Federation's hierarchy when the body goes to polls next month but citing the "decent progress the sport has made under the present set up", the IBF has written to the Sports Ministry seeking a few exceptions.

Indian Boxing Federation seeks guideline relaxation before elections

New Delhi:

The government guidelines would force a change in the Indian Boxing Federation's hierarchy when the body goes to polls next month but citing the "decent progress the sport has made under the present set up", the IBF has written to the Sports Ministry seeking a few exceptions.

Under the guidelines, a President cannot serve more than three terms and a Secretary cannot be in office for more than two terms, a comeback allowed only after a cooling off period.

Given this, IBF President Abhay Singh Chautala and Secretary General Brig P K Muralidharan Raja would have to step down as both have completed their respective terms.

Brig. Raja can be elevated to the post of President but being a serving Army officer, the government guidelines prohibit him from doing so till the time he retires, which will happen only next November.

The IBF has written to the Ministry seeking a "relaxation of guidelines for these two posts", citing the "progress" that the sport has made.

"We have written a letter to the Sports Minister (Ajay Maken) that since boxing has taken off under the present set-up, it should be retained. Change should not be made for the heck of it and we are hoping to get some exceptions from the Minister," an IBF official told PTI.

"It has been more than a week since we sent that letter. The nominations process will be conducted after five days and we don't want any confusion when the elections actually happen," he added.

The filing of nominations is just five days away.

Boxing has risen tremendously in profile after Vijender Singh brought home the historic bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

M C Mary Kom's bronze in the London edition earlier this month has only added to the growing stature of the sport.

"Under the present set up at the top, various plans have been put in place and various other are in process of being worked out which includes better sports medicines and having a psychologist on board. Now, if there is an administrative change at the highest level, it would disturb the process," the official said.

With sponsors lining up to get associated with Indian boxing, IBF posts are much sought-after and the September 23 elections of the body are expected to be fiercely-contested.

"It will get murky if there is no clarity. If you remove the present set-up and everything will get disturbed. We are planning a lot of changes given that under new international rules, there won't be any headguards and plus there is the professional league to prepare for," the official said.

Topics : Boxing
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