In another major embarrassment to the India, the International Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) suspended Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) on Thursday.
This development came after two days when IOC had on Tuesday suspended the IOA because of government interference in its selection process.
According to the official statement taken by the AIBA at a meeting at Lausanne, Switzerland, “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 December 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 statement added.
The ace Indian boxer said,”I am really disappointed with this suspension. This is bad news for Indian sportsmen.”
Vijender also said that the new boxing president was elected fairly.
Vijender said,”I want to continue representing India in future but this news will affect morale of Indian boxers.”
The President of the Indian boxing federation, Abhishek Matoria said,”I am completely shocked to hear the news. We had provided all the information that the international body needed but still they have gone on to suspend us.”
The president also said that there is probably some connection between the IOC and the AIBA.
The world body took the decision at a meeting at Lausanne, in Switzerland two days after the IOC suspended the IOA, of whom Chautala, former president of IABF, was elected as president on Wednesday.