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AIBA grants full membership to Boxing Federation of India

Dec 21, 2016 13:02 IST

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) unanimously on 20 December 2016 granted full membership to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) at a meeting in Montreux, Switzerland.

The recently-formed BFI was voted to office in September 2016, which ended four years of administrative logjam in the sport.

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About International Boxing Association

  • AIBA is the sole worldwide governing body for the sport of boxing in all its forms.
  • It is a non-profit international organization that succeeded the former Fédération Internationale de Boxe Amateur in 1946.
  • It has 196 Member Federations.
  • It works on behalf of all levels of boxing to reinvigorate the sport’s grass roots, develop youth and elite boxing.
  • Its vision for boxing also embraces and adheres to the spirit and values of the Olympic Movement.
  • It has been led by President Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu since 2006.

Background

  • The BFI is affiliated to the Union Sports Ministry. However, it is still is awaiting recognition from the Indian Olympic Association.
  • In 2012, the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) was suspended and later terminated for “possible manipulation in elections“.
  • The IABF made way for Boxing India in 2014. However, the body could not run the show for even one year. It lost a no confidence motion moved by state units in 2015.
  • BFI was formed in September 2016 following elections conducted in the presence of observers from the International Boxing Association and the Union Sports Ministry.

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