Mumbai: The Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) on Wednesday dismissed Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh`s criticism that the boxing trials for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games at Patiala were not done in a proper manner, insisting they were transparent.
"The trials were held in a transparent manner. The scores were not shown when the bouts were on in order not to influence the results. All the bouts were videographed and shown to the seven-member selection committee and coaches," said IBF secretary-general Colonel Muralidhar Raja at a media conference here on Wednesday.
"I am not happy with the way trials were done. International referees and judges were brought and it seemed like a tournament but what is the point of doing all this when the boxers are not even told their scores," Vijender had said yesterday after announcement of the squads for the October 3-14 CWG in Delhi and the November 12-27 Asiad in Guangzhou.
Vijender said among those who were not picked despite a fine show in the trials include his cousin Balwinder Beniwal (64kg), a youth Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, and reigning national champion Sunil Kumar (49kg), who also happens to be a former Commonwealth champion.
"They fought well but I don`t know for what reason they were ignored. The trials were held behind closed doors and nobody knew how the scoring went because nobody told us. The scores were not declared, none of the competing boxers were told which one of them won. It was very disappointing," he said.
"Some deserving names have been left out. Sunil, Balwinder and some other boys deserved to get a look in but were ignored," Vijender had said.
Interestingly the star boxer and India`s first-ever medallist in the ring at the Olympic Games was present when the IBF official gave his explanation.
"I have explained it to the all the boxers. The boxers` coach has a tunnel vision when he sits on ring side and sees only his own boxer`s punches land," Col. Raja said.
Raja also said that for the first time a full three-day trial was held from August 26-28 and a German coach, who was present, was impressed with the country`s bench strength in various weight categories.