IABF ready for fresh elections
The Indian Boxing Federation (IABF) is willing to host fresh elections to get the suspension imposed on it by the world body and the sports ministry lifted at the earliest.
IABF chairman Abhay Singh Chautala and president Abhishek Matoria said they were willing to quit their posts and pave the way for a fresh election.
They are ready to walk an extra mile to satisfy the international federation and the sports ministry in lifting the suspension they imposed on the national body.
The AIBA and the ministry suspended the IABF after suspecting manipulation in the Sept 23 election process.
Young Rajasthan legislator Matoria took over as the president while his brother-in-law Chautala got himself elevated creating the new post of chairman.
Chautala said rules were not violated.
"The election was held in the presence of retired judges and government observers. But, if the AIBA and the government feel the process was manipulated, we are ready for a re-election. I am ready to quit the post of chairman. AIBA and the government can send their observers and fix a fresh date," said Chautala.
Matoria said the IABF had submitted a detailed report on the election to the AIBA.
"Our main concern is the suspension slapped by the AIBA. If they lift it, then the government will also fall in line. On Nov 24, we have submitted a detailed report to the AIBA on our election process. But if they are not convinced we can go for a fresh election," he said.
The government has given the IABF 15 days to hold a fresh election and till then their recognition stands suspended.