Vijender Singh joins rebel boxing faction

World championship bronze medallist Vijender Singh has joined a rebel faction of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation. India remain suspended from the international federation for failing to elect a proper set of office-bearers.

updated: March 06, 2014 18:35 IST
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New Delhi: The rebel faction in the terminated Indian Amateur Boxing Federation on Thursday got a massive shot in the arm with Olympic and World Championships bronze-medallist Vijender Singh agreeing to be on the athletes commission proposed by the group led by former Secretary General Brigadier (Retd) P.K. Muralidharan Raja.

The rebel group, which claims to have the backing of 23 of the 35 state units on board, is set to approach AIBA after the world body sought applications from "any group of people with passion and love for our sport to submit applications for the establishment of a new National Federation". (Indian Amateur Boxing Federation knocked out by World Boxing Federation)

"The AIBA wants a clean set-up and we can provide that. Having Vijender on board shows that we are keen to provide the transparent and credible alternative that Indian boxing needs desperately," Raja, who is also the group's convener, told PTI.

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