23 July, New Delhi
Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh, who was recently-crowned WBO Asia Pacific champion today said he wants to have a boxing federation in the country for the sake of the pugilists.
“I want India to have a Boxing Federation again and anyone including (national coach Gurbax Singh) Sandhu Sir can become president of it but a federation is required which can fight for the rights of the boxers,” Vijender said at the ASSOCHAM conference here today.
“Our country does not have a boxing federation since last three to four years. (An) ad-hoc committee is presently running boxing. Earlier we had Abhay Singh Chautala as the Boxing Federation President for 10 to 12 years (till 2012), things went well but later the court case started and since then we don’t have any federation,” he added.
Earlier, in 2012, the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) was terminated for manipulation in elections and since then an ad-hoc committee appointed by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) is administering the game.