Boxers suffer as IBF upsets AIBA again

Published: 14th May 2013 05:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th May 2013 05:43 PM   |  A+A-


The suspended Indian Boxing Federation has infuriated the International Boxing Association (AIBA) yet again and it is the pugilists who are paying the price for their refusal to act according to the world body's diktat.

The AIBA is livid with the IBF for giving out details of the Indian boxers' international schedule even before getting the world body's clearance. The result is the cancellation of a training-cum competition tour of Cuba from May 27 to June 17 where 20 boxers were scheduled to go.

"India was expected to take part in Cardova Cardin, a training-cum-competition program at Havana, Cuba from May 27 – June 17, 2013; however the team would not be travelling to Cuba as the tour has not been sanctioned by AIBA," the IBF said in a statement.

What the statement did not reveal was the reason for AIBA's refusal given that the world body has so far not barred the boxers from competing in international events. Even today, a 10-member team left for Cyprus for an international tournament. Yesterday, another 10-member squad went to Russia for an international tournament. "They (IBF) have been giving details of the planned schedule even before AIBA gives its nod. AIBA is now angry with the IBF for doing this because a suspended body cannot make claims about future tours without getting the world body's nod," a source told PTI.

"They have told IBF that this would cause problems for the boxers. AIBA will not let Indian boxers go for international events if this continues," he added.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp