BFI postpones elections attributable to pandemic, office-bearers get 3-month extension


New Delhi, September 19

The COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday pressured a postponement of the upcoming Boxing Federation of India (BFI) elections, leading to a three-month tenure extension for president Ajay Singh and his govt committee.

During its Special General Meeting (SGM), the BFI additionally unanimously amended its structure to “comply with” the necessities of the National Sports Code 2011.

The unique four-year tenure of the BFI EC was imagined to recover from on September 25 however the pandemic has made it tough to conduct the election, making the extension obligatory, the nationwide federation mentioned in a launch.

A chance of sending senior boxers on a European tour for 45 days for coaching and enjoying tournaments had been additionally apprised to the 74 members who attended the assembly.

The inaugural session of the SGM was additionally attended by the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) President Anas Alotaiba, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra and IOA Secretary-General Rajeev Mehta.

The dignitaries lauded the efforts made by BFI in taking Indian boxing to higher heights forward of the day’s proceedings.

“India’s progress in the past four years reflects the vision of the leader. I hope this leadership continues because it has inspired India in leading the way for a greater cohesive functioning of all member nations to promote boxing in Asia,” Singh mentioned.

In these 4 years, India has “not only made rapid strides in the development of the sport within the country but has also become a key member in the cohesive growth of the sport in Asia as well,” the discharge acknowledged.

The ASBC president Alotaiba singled out India’s contribution whereas additionally commending the management of Singh.

With the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships being awarded to India already, the game has acquired a significant fillip and the long run certainly appears promising, emphasised Singh.

“With the expertise of getting hosted the World Championships in India, we’re trying ahead to placing up a memorable present at subsequent yr’s ASBC Asian Championships which India shall be internet hosting.

“Slated to take place in the early half of 2021. Getting the right to host is yet another validation of all the good work we are doing,” mentioned the BFI president.

With the senior boxers having accomplished a profitable coaching stint on the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, the main focus now’s to get the coaching on observe for the youth and junior pugilists on the Sports Authority of India, National Boxing Academy, Rohtak. PTI



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