Unwilling to be caught in the tug of war between the Indian Olympic Association and Boxing India, rising Indian pugilist Sumit Sangwan on Saturday asserted that his pullout from the National Games here was caused by fitness issues and not the threat of a ban from BI.
The boxing competition at the National Games starting on Saturday was thrown into jeopardy today after Boxing India (BI) directed all state units to boycott the event owing to the IOA's refusal to grant recognition to BI, prompting top names such as former Asian and Commonwealth medallist Manoj Kumar to pull out.
Delhi High Court has sought the response of Boxing India, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and boxer Laisram Sarita Devi on a plea challenging her suspension by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games in South Korea.
After lending strong support to her cause, Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar met Commonwealth Games silver-medallist woman boxer L Sarita Devi, who is serving a one-year ban for her emotionally-charged protest at the Asiad.
The big names would be missing in action but more than 300 boxers would be vying for the top honours when the 60th National Championships are held here from Thursday after a gap of more than two years.
The Delhi High Court on Monday declined to interfere in the one-year ban imposed on boxer L. Sarita Devi by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the refusal of Boxing India (BI) to appeal against it.
The Delhi High Court (HC) on Monday will seek a response from Boxing India on a plea challenging International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) decision to suspend boxer L Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea.
Banned from competition for a year, Asian Games bronze medallist Laishram Sarita Devi on Saturday said she would utilise the period by taking corrective measures in her technique so that she can be ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Inside the ring, the men and women who mattered gave their blood, sweat and tears to conquer adversity with elan but outside, sparring for power continued to cast a shadow on Indian boxing in a year which was sparkling in parts but also blighted by some unsavoury controversies.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought a response from Boxing India on a plea challenging International Boxing Association's (AIBA) decision to suspend boxer Laishram Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games in South Korea.
Indian Olympic Association rejected Boxing India's application for recognition as the national federation, with its president N Ramachandran saying that BI was "imposed" by the world body AIBA against the wishes of the IOA.
The Centre on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that it has written to the International Boxing Association (AIBA) requesting it to revoke the provisional suspension of boxer Laisram Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games in South Korea.
Retired batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar said on Wednesday the whole idea behind his writing a letter to world boxing body AIBA was to save woman boxer L Sarita Devi's career from ending abruptly after the Asian Games controversy in Incheon.
Frustrated by Indian Olympic Association's refusal to grant them recognition, Boxing India President Sandeep Jajodia on Wednesday said he was "baffled" by IOA's logic of trying to keep an ad-hoc committee relevant even when an elected body is in place to run the sport.
Indian woman boxer L Sarita Devi was on Wednesday handed a one-year ban by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games but the punishment is unlikely to hurt her career too badly as she would be available to compete in the 2016 Olympic qualifiers.