IBF disciplinary committee meets, to call boxers next

New Delhi: The three Indian boxers, who alleged manipulation in the trials for the World Championship, will be called to present their case before the Indian Boxing Federation`s disciplinary committee which sat for its first meeting here on Tuesday.

The disciplinary panel, comprising IBF vice-Presidents I D Nanavati and Mukharjee Nirwan and chairman of the Ring Officials Commission Narottam Singh Rawat, met for the first time here.

The trio of Arjuna awardee Dinesh Kumar (91kg), national champion Dilbag Singh (69kg) and Praveen Kumar (+91kg) are the three boxers who have alleged bias and manipulation in the trials for the October 11 to 27 event in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

"It was an informal meeting today in which it was decided that they would be allowed to present their case and accordingly the showcause notices would be issued to them," a committee member said.

"But they have to explain why they went to the media without asking the IBF," he added.

The boxers, who have alleged that the coaches and the selection committee during the August 26 to 28 trials were compromised, were not called in today`s meeting.

Asian Games silver-medallist Manpreet Singh (91kg), Asian Championships silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra (69kg) and reigning national champion Satish Kumar (+91kg) were the boxers who were picked ahead of the disgruntled trio.

The complaining boxers were beaten in exciting open trials in Patiala in front of a packed hall of fellow boxers and a selection panel which included veterans like Mehtab Singh and Padam Bahadur Mal besides IBF Secretary General Rajesh Bhandari.


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