Indian boxers given flag green light

Squad will compete at the Asian Games under the country's flag after national federation was provisionally recognised.

    Indian boxers have competed as independent athletes since 2012 [Reuters]
    Indian boxers have competed as independent athletes since 2012 [Reuters]

    Indian boxers will be allowed to participate at the Asian Games under their national flag after the sport's amateur world governing body gave provisional recognition to a new national federation.

    AIBA president CK Wu issued a statement saying the new entity, Boxing India, has been unanimously approved for provisional membership.

    The previous Indian Boxing Federation was suspended by AIBA in December 2012 for not following proper procedures during elections in which it elevated previous president Abhay Singh Chautala to chairman of the body.

    Chautala's election as president of the Indian Olympic Association that same week led to IOA's suspension by the International Olympic Committee. The IOA was reinstated to the Olympic movement during the Sochi Winter Games in February after a new set of officials were elected.

    "I'd like to emphasise the importance of managing Boxing India in the most transparent, fair, democratic manner and most importantly in the respect of all AIBA rules and regulations,'' said Wu, who advised Boxing India to apply for an affiliation to the Indian Olympic Association.

    Indian boxers have competed mostly as independent athletes since the suspension, with the promise of holding elections ensuring their participation as part of the Indian contingent at this year's Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

    There were also fears that Indian boxers would not be allowed to compete under the national flag at Incheon but AIBA's communications manager Albina Krasnodemska confirmed to The Associated Press that "they can use their flag
    now".

    SOURCE: AP


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