‘Want to make India a boxing superpower’

first_imgIndian boxing will have its third federation in four years after Boxing Federation of India (BFI) took birth at the conclusion of elections in Mumbai. Ajay Singh, better known for being instrumental in the revival of Spice jet Airlines as its Chairman takes over as the federation President. In the four years of misrule after the Indian boxing federation was suspended in 2012 for election manipulation and subsequently Boxing India in 2014 was plagued with internal conflicts, a boxing federation in India hopes to be third time lucky. Ajay Singh acknowledges he has to recover a lot of lost ground. “Our past has been chequered and boxing has suffered a lot. But we need to look at the future. This has been an absolutely transparent election process. Things will look up from now and we hope to get formal recognition from AIBA (international boxing body) soon,” he told India Today on being elected. Only after the formal recognition, will India be able to send officials and referees in international meets. Refereeing has been a contentious matter in boxing with the AIBA forced to drop some of its referees in the aftermath of Rio Olympics after allegations of bias. (Also read: Ajay Singh elected BFI President, Jay Kowli back as Secretary General) After Vijender Singh and Mary Kom’s Bronze at 2008 and 2012 Olympics respectively, Indian boxers failed to deliver at Rio amidst administrative apathy. Indian boxing representation at the games also came down from eight in 2012 to three in 2016. With talk of using the best of technologies and practices from around the world, merit based selections, academies, ranking process for boxers, getting in foreign coaches to work with Indian boxers’, the new President is singing the right note. “Indian boxing once was in the top 10. We aim to work towards making India a superpower in boxing,” he said. It sounds a tall order given the politicking in Indian sports federations. But India’s sports fans would hope a proven performer in the private sector may just be able to find a way to swim through troubled waters.advertisementlast_img

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