Officials trade punches as Indian boxers slide in 2013

Indian boxing suffered massively this year due to the sparring between officials, who were supposed to take it higher.

updated: December 20, 2013 17:18 IST
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New Delhi: The continuing administrative logjam worsened into a full-fledged factional tug-of-war while Indian boxing's poster boy, Vijender Singh, found himself at the center of a devastating drug scandal in what was a thoroughly tumultuous year for the country's pugilists.

Suspended internationally last year, the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) remained a pariah this year too, preventing the country's boxers from competing under the national flag.

To top it all, Vijender, the man who attained nationwide stardom after bringing home India's maiden Olympic and World Championship medals, was implicated in a drug scandal, tarnishing his reputation even though no evidence was found against him after the initial brouhaha.

It was a low ebb for the man and the sport itself even though he bounced back to return to the national camp after being forced off the ring to deal with the scandal triggered by the arrest of an alleged NRI drug peddler, who named the star boxer as one of his clients.

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