The controversy-ridden boxing competition of the 35th National Games was off to a stormy start with the participating teams alleging that "ill-equipped" organisers were using the old pattern of scoring and threatening those who protest against the move.
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.
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.
Rubbishing media reports that boxer Vijender Singh, akin to shuttler Saina Nehwal, had staked claim to the Padma Bhushan, the Olympic bronze medallist on Tuesday said he had only spoken to Boxing India (BI) officials seeking information about the award criteria.
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.
Overwhelmed by the support she received from Boxing India and her fellow countrymen including cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar while facing the prospect of a life ban, boxer L Sarita Devi hopes to make it count by winning a medal at 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.
A decision on the venue and date of South Asian Federation Games to be hosted by the country and a host state for the 2018 National Games could be taken in the Annual General Body Meeting of the Indian Olympic Association here on Friday.
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.
A new body is in place to run boxing in India but the turmoil in the sport seems far from over with the Indian Olympic Association sitting on Boxing India's request for recognition even as its ad-hoc committee invited entries for next year's National Games despite having no validity.
Boxing India on Tuesday hinted that Sarita Devi may get some sort of punishment from AIBA but said that it was hoping for her to escape a long-term ban from the international federation so that her career is not affected much and she can compete in 2016 Olympics.
Sports Minister Sarbanand Sonowal on Tuesday said that the government is more than keen to pursue Indian woman boxer L Sarita Devi's matter with AIBA to get her suspension, which was imposed on her for not accepting the bronze medal at Asian Games medal ceremony, overturned.