Thiruvananthapuram: Miffed with Boxing India's threat to ban boxers who participated in the ongoing National Games, the state units that defied the diktat, have demanded that a special general body meeting be called to discuss the matter even as BI remained steadfast on its stand.
27 states participated in the boxing competition of the Games defying a threat of ban by BI, which boycotted the showpiece to protest against IOA's adamant refusal to grant recognition to it. Although the participating teams were not particularly pleased with the manner in which the competition was conducted under the old scoring system they decided to compete nonetheless.
The units, in a letter to Boxing India President Sandeep Jajodia, have now raised questions on the move to boycott the Games and demanded a meeting to discuss the issue.
"The direction you have imposed upon the state boxing units is of your own individual decision without the sanction of the executive committee of Boxing India nor the mandate of the General Body as a matter of fact, therefore, is highly arbitrary, unauthorized, unconstitutional, illegal and untenable, a total of 27 boxing units defied your order and participated in the 35th National Games in Kerala," stated the letter signed by 10 state unit representatives, including Gujarat, Haryana, Manipur and Uttarakhand.
BI, on its part, maintained that there has been no change in its position.
"The boxing event was illegal and meritorious boxers did not get to participate in it. The National Games Organising Committee was in complete contradiction to their own set eligibility criteria. Also, an old system of scoring was used to judge the bouts. They breached the very foundation of the Olympic charter," BI spokesperson Nital Narang told PTI.
"The decision to not participate in the National Games was unanimously taken at an executive committee meeting where one of the signatories to this letter, Dr Nirmolak Singh, was also present. It was not Mr Jajodia's decision alsone," she said.
The letter from the state units said a discussion on the matter was extremely important as it concerned the boxers directly.
"Be it known to one and all in the Boxing India family that the General Body of the Boxing India needs to thoroughly discuss and debate the circumstances under which you have issued the unconstitutional, unauthorised and arbitrary order leading to the pre and post 35th National Games fall out where four state units succumbed to your dictatorial order," it said.
"We the undersigned state units therefore requisition a Special General Body meeting of BI at New Delhi within 30 days from the issue of this requisition letter under the provision of article B1, 2, 3 of rules and regulation to deliberate upon your illegal action," it added.
BI, which has been granted recognition by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), has been trying to get the IOA's approval ever since it was elected to office last year.