Boxing India Using Money to Get Power, Says Hockey India Secretary General Narinder Batra

The International Boxing Association's Executive Committee decided to terminate India "due to serious violations of the AIBA Statutes and Bylaws" earlier this year. Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N Ramachandran has backed the newly-approved body Boxing India, which is hoping to bring the country back under the Olympic fold.

updated: May 29, 2014 23:30 IST
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New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on the newly-approved 'Boxing India', secretary general of Hockey India, Narinder Batra, on Wednesday accused the ad-hoc association of using money to get power which will have an adverse effect on Indian sport. (Also read: Indian boxers may finally get to compete under tricolour in Olympics)

The chairman of long-time Indian boxing sponsor Monnet Ispat Limited, Sandeep Jajodia, and owner of India's World Series of Boxing franchise, Udit Sheth are part of the consortium which has got the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) nod for provisional representation and is most likely to get formal approval as well. Batra is concerned that the move might set a wrong precedent.

"It is rumoured and trust me there is no smoke without fire, that a big amount has been given to the international federation to formally approve Boxing India as a registered boxing association. I have grave concern because it will directly have a bearing on all the sports bodies in the future," Batra said.

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