Asiad: Indian boxers may not participate under national flag

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first_imgWhile pugilists gave their blood and sweat to qualify for the Asian Games, there is a possibility that India may not be able to field a boxing team at next month’s mega event.As per the directive from the international boxing federation (AIBA), the elections for a new body in India are to be held on or before September 11. If India fails to conduct the election for a new boxing body by the scheduled date, the pugilist may miss out once again. Since AIBA revoked India’s membership in December 2012, the boxers in the country have suffered immensely.A Sports Authority of India (SAI) official said the boxers’ training has already been hampered because of the administrative mess.SAI director general Jiji Thomson said if the deadlock persists, they may be left with no choice but to withdraw the boxing team for which the selection trials concluded in Patiala on Wednesday.”Yes, there is every chance of that (AIBA not allowing Indian boxers to participate at the Asiad),” Thomson said.Sudhir Setia, a SAI executive director, elaborated further. “If the boxing body fails to conduct the election within the timeframe (Sept 11) given by AIBA, there is a possibility that we may not be able to field our boxers at the Asian Games because AIBA may not allow us any more time.”SAI has failed to convince any country to invite Indian boxers for training camps. “No country is willing to accept our boxers for training because of AIBA’s decision to revoke our membership.advertisementAll this has affected our medal tally at the CWGand may do so again at the Incheon Asiad,” Setia added. The government is expecting 72-100 medals at the Asian Games and will not field teams in baseball, bowling, fencing, karate, modern pentathlon, rugby, softball, soft tennis and triathlon.Although table tennis is also on the radar as SAI doesn’t expect them to win medals in a discipline which is dominated by Asian countries. There is still suspense over football. “As of now, we have a 912-member contingent and it will be trimmed after we get approval from the sports minister.Our football teams don’t figure in top-8 in Asia which is the benchmark for selection in team sport,” said Thomson.last_img

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