The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) got a double shocker on Friday 7 December, with both the Sports Ministry and the International Boxing Association (AIBA) suspending the organisation citing manipulation in its election processes. The Archery Association of India was also derecognised by the Sports Ministry on Friday for flouting the age limit and tenure specifications of the ‘Sports Code.’
Announcing the decision, Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh listed out the various glitches in the electoral process followed by the IABF, such as flawed publication of electoral roll, not giving appropriate time to file the nominations and nomination of candidates from the floor of the House after the last date of the nominations. He also said that the organisations would be given time for re-election, failing which, the suspension and derecognition will be made absolute.
Following the developments, IABF Chairman Abhay Singh Chautala has announced that he was ready to step down from his position and hold re-election to gain back the affiliation from the international body.
Meanwhile, the Archery Association of India held its elections on 9 September this year, in which Vijay Kumar Malhotra of the BJP, who is over the stipulated age of 70, was re-elected as the president for a tenth term. This was in violation of the Sports Code prescribed by the government which places the age limit for the president of the organization at 70 and the tenure limitation as three consecutive terms.
The derecognition and suspension comes three days the Indian Olympic Association was suspended by the International Olympics Committee.