AIBA suspends Indian boxing federation suspends over election manipulation

New Delhi, Dec 7: The International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) provisionally suspended the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) late on Thursday possible manipulation of the recent IABF’s election two days after the suspension of Indian Olympic Association.

On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the IOA for allowing government interference in the election and said the body was no longer entitled to conduct the poll.

The reason behind the development has been cited as possible manipulation of the recent IABF elections held in September this year.

The IABF had elected BJP MLA Abhishek Singh Matoria as its president in September this year with Abhay Singh Chautala as chairman.

The body had made amendments to its constitution to accommodate Chautala, creating the post of chairman in a meeting held in Patiala.

The AIBA official statement said: “Further to the International Olympic Committee’s suspension imposed on the Indian Olympic Association, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Executive Committee Bureau has decided today, 6 Dec mber 2012, to provisionally suspend the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF).

“This provisional suspension is also due to the fact that AIBA had learned about possible manipulation of the recent IABF’s election. AIBA will now investigate this election and especially a potential political link between IOA President, as former Chairman of the IABF, and the IABF election.”

The international body at a meeting at Lausanne, Switzerland, took the decision. (ANI)