Indian Olympic Association grants affiliation to Boxing Federation of India
With this, the BFI now becomes the fully recognised body for Indian boxing, having already been granted affiliation by AIBA and the Sports Ministry.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has granted affiliation to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI). The affiliation that ended the long-standing impasse between the two bodies was granted after months of discussions.
This affiliation was informed to the BFI President Ajay Singh via letter on 8 April 2017. The letter read, “As per the directives of the International Olympic Committee vide their letter dated February 7, the IOA grants affiliation to the BFI subject to ratification by the Executive Council/General Body of the IOA".
Impasse between BFI and IOA
The two bodies had been at an impasse since the BFI took charge of the Boxing after elections which were conducted in the presence of individuals from International Boxing Association and the sports ministry.
The now resolved issue started in September 2016 when IOA had initially refused to grant recognition to BFI stating that it still considered the now-defunct Indian Amateur Boxing Federation as the official national body for the sport. It later referred the matter to the affiliation committee following persistent requests from the BFI.