IBF elections could be postponed after Ministry diktat

Left in a fix after Sports Ministry barred it from making constitutional changes, the Indian Boxing Federation might be left with no option but to postpone its elections till the time "deficencies" pointed out are rectified.

Sources told PTI that the IBF AGM tomorrow would deliberate on the government's strict view on the elections and might decide to postpone the elections to work a way out of the current limbo.

The Ministry has directed the IBF that it should rectify the "deficiencies" before the elections are held, including the non-adoption of age and tenure guidelines by the federation.

The diktat came amid speculation that IBF's constitution would be amended to create a new post of chairman for incumbent president Abhay Singh Chautala, who, under, government rules, is ineligible to contest as he has served three terms at the helm.

"The federation is advised that the deficiencies need to be cured before elections can be held. It is further advised that the election be held only after sorting out deficiencies and strictly in accordance with the Model Election Guidelines of the Government," the Sports Ministry said in a letter.

Given the situation, the IBF will either have to conduct the elections as per the guidelines or postpone the process till the time it is able to fall in line. More PTI PM

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