The seeds of a boxing rebellion in India were sowed in Delhi on Sunday. Eighteen out of the 35 affiliated units of the Indian Boxing Federation took part in a 'friendly' conclave to chart a roadmap to win the trust of the international body that suspended India in December last year for electing office bearers in an unfair manner. The fight is against Abhay Singh Chautala and a 'core' group of officials hand-picked by him to run the federation allegedly in a surreptitious manner. Chautala is also the 'elected' president of the Indian Olympic Association and one of the officials who is on the hit list of the International Olympic Committee.
The IBF received a double blow in December last year when it was suspended by the international boxing association and then by the Union sports ministry over allegations of irregularities in its elections held on September 23, 2012. A statement put up on the AIBA website said, "further to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC's) suspension imposed on the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), the AIBA Executive Committee Bureau has decided today (December 6) to provisionally suspend the IABF.
"This provisional suspension is also due to the fact that AIBA had learned about possible manipulation of the recent IABF's election. AIBA will now investigate this election and especially a potential political link between IOA president, as former chairman of the IABF, and the IABF election," added the statement, pointing at IOA president-elect Chautala, who also runs the IBF as its nominated chairman.