AIBA Observer Tanner said he was satisfied with the conduct of elections. “It was a very well conducted election and very fair election. I will be reporting to AIBA that the Indian boxing federation is back up and running. We can expect strong showing once again from Indian boxers at international competitions,” he said after the counting of votes. “India were always in top ten of world boxing. Unfortunately, they had slipped and Indian team could not march under their own countrys flag or when their boxer won title their countrys anthem could not be played. Gladly all those bad days of Indian boxing are behind us. They can now send strong teams to compete with the best,” he added. The next step for the new body would be to take formal affiliation from AIBA. The world body is expected to do the formalities during its Congress in December. “AIBA is going to have a Congress in December when Indian boxing bodys affiliation will be taken up. Vis-a-vis IOA not having sent any representative to elections AIBA had written two letters and also persuaded IOC to write to IOA. AIBA was very concerned about India,” said Kishan Narsi, who headed the ad-hoc committee which was administering the sport until now. Tanner said he would recommend affiliation of India with AIBA once he goes back. The build-up to the elections was a turbulent one. AIBA extended deadlines multiple times due to internal squabbling among the Indian administrators. Just days before the polls, Presidential candidate Rohit Jainendra alleged corruption in the conduct of the polls, a charge that was denied by the ad-hoc committee. Besides, Railways Sports Promotion Board and the Services Sports Control Board expressed unhappiness at being left out of the process after they refused to take affiliation from BFI citing non-recognition from sports ministry. The administrative mess in Indian boxing dates back to 2012 when the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation was terminated for “manipulation in elections”. The body that took charge after two years of turmoil was Boxing India but could not carry on for even a year and was dissolved in 2015 following a revolt by the state units. The logjam took a massive toll on the sport and there has been no National Tournaments in the period. The boxers have also been denied exposure in most of the training-cum-competition tournaments, which were a major contributor in their success in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Only three men managed to make the cut for the Olympic Games in Rio last month and none could fetch a medal, while none of the women boxers could even make the cut for the showpiece event. More PTI SSR PM PDS PDSadvertisement
Chandigarh: A Punjab Police constable was on Sunday shot dead in the parking lot of a night club in Mohali, a senior officer said. Sukhwinder Kumar (24), part of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s security team, had visited the club on Saturday night along with the accused Sahil. “Constable Sukhwinder Kumar was shot by an accused who has been identified as Sahil. The incident took place in the parking lot of a night club,” Mohali Deputy Superintendent of Police Ramandeep Singh said. “After the incident, the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” he added. The reason behind the killing is being investigated and efforts are on to nab the accused who is on the run, the officer said. A case under relevant provisions of IPC and the Arms Act has been registered against Sahil, the officer said.