Given the uncertainty around the future of International Boxing Association (AIBA), Boxing Federation of India (BFI) chief has offered to host the Olympic qualifiers. The president, Ajay Singh, has claimed that India will be ready to host the competition if the World Championship does not serve as the qualifying competition.
“We have a lot of experience now of hosting international tournaments. If required, we are happy to host any Olympic qualifying event that might be conducted by the AIBA or the IOC,” said Singh.
AIBA in trouble:
International Olympic Committee (IOC), suggested that AIBA should not be allowed to organize the boxing event at Tokyo 2020. But the committee still wants the sport to be included at the Olympics.
IOC’s suggestion comes after the investigation into reported mismanagement at the AIBA. The final decision on AIBA’s future will be taken at the next Congress in Lausanne. But that would mean, the World Championship in Sep-Oct in Russia will not be an Olympic qualifying event.
“We will then have to talk IOC about the Olympic qualifier. Whatever be the qualifier, we are ready for it. We are ready to host as well.” Said the BFI Chief, proving an alternative to IOC.
“We will ensure that our boxers get maximum opportunities. Our focus is entirely on the sport, the Olympics and the World Championships.
The President also commented on the status of the franchise-based concept of the Indian Boxing League.“It’s on. We expect this to happen in August and September this year. They are trying to find windows in the TV schedule that does not clash with any other major league,” he said.
Ajay Singh also expects two teams from North East India, given the amount of talent from that region. “There’s no question about that (about NE having a team in the upcoming league). In fact, North-East should probably have two teams with so much of talent available, it’s incredible,” he said.
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India has won two medals in boxing at the Olympic Games. Vijender Singh won the bronze medal in 2008 and Mary Kom created history by winning a bronze in 2012. The nation’s hopes will be on the likes of Amit Panghal and Shiva Thapa for Tokyo 2020.