New Delhi, November 29: The Indian Olympic Association recognized the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on Wednesday as the sport’s governing body. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) removed the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) as its affiliate after months of discussions.
The association was formed in September 2016 and conducted elections according to the IOA’s regulations before being given the green signal.
The BFI, which is already recognised by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the Sports Ministry, finally got the IOA’s nod. IABF was registered as the official body until the announcement.
“The Olympic Charter clearly says that the sporting federation must be recognised by the international body. So they just followed that. the BFI has been recognised by the AIBA. Therefore the IOA has ratified the Olympic charter. It was a unanimous decision,” BFI president Ajay Singh said on the sidelines of an IOA meeting.
The IABF, which was first suspended and then terminated by AIBA for manipulation in elections, has been trying to keep itself afloat by organising meetings with its former members in the past few months.
By Samarnath Soory with inputs from Agency