Finally a National event in the city. A sport which got us Silver Medal in the Olympic Games and a Gold Medal in the Asian Games, is arriving in the city. Boxing India then announced the schedule of the National Boxing Championships in Nagpur from January 9 to 15, which will double up as the National Games qualifiers.
There had been talks that boxers, who would play under the Ad-Hoc Committee banner in the National Games, will not be considered for India selection, but Boxing India has silenced all such speculations. Many of India’s top boxing stars have confirmed their participation at the National Games despite the ongoing rift between Boxing India and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
It could be mentioned here that boxing in India was left in a state of disarray and turmoil early this month after the Indian Olympic Association declined Boxing India’s request to be named the official National Federation for Boxing in India. The Indian Olympic Association instead continued to support the defunct Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) which was suspended by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and Indian Government in 2012.
It was only after Boxing India was formed that India’s boxing ban was lifted, with AIBA President CK Wu having since called for Indian officials to change their mind in order to comply with the Olympic Charter. A further ban for the Indian boxing fraternity now seems likely if the dispute is not resolved soon, although the country’s fighters are vowing to battle on regardless.
With the snubbing of Boxing India, the Indian Olympic Association handed the Ad-Hoc Committee of the IABF the responsibility of hosting boxing during the National Games in Kerala from January 31 to February 14.
The officials had claimed that they cannot stop boxers from taking part in the Games. Those who play in the senior nationals will qualify for the Games as their entries will be routed through Boxing India.