IABF writes to Sports Ministry

The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) put down its defence against its suspension by Sports Ministry and requested it to reconsider the decision.

The federation, however, said that it is ready for fresh elections if the ministry still directs it for the same.

“Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), through a letter dated 20th December to the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MOYAS), Government of India, has made an appeal to the Ministry to reconsider its decision to suspend the recognition of IABF,” IABF said in a statement.

The Ministry had suspended the IABF on December 7 primarily on grounds that elections were "flawed and faulty" and that the nomination time given was very less. It directed IABF to hold fresh elections within 15 days to revoke suspension.
In its reply to the ministry, IABF insisted that its elections were held as per the “model guidelines set in place by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011. It said it meticulously followed the guidelines and procedures of the sports code in its election process.

Among the charges for which IABF penned its defence, it “vehemently refuted” government’s claim that it kept a short-time period between the finalisation of electoral roll and filing of nominations.

“The information of the electoral roll was sent to the IABF members via email and published on the IABF official website as per the norms of the National Sports Development Code of India 2011. Furthermore various leading newspapers also carried the news for the IABF election dates,” the secretary-general of suspended IABF  Rajesh Bhandari wrote giving details of the timeline followed.

It also objected to the government’s charge that it had violated the sports code by amending its constitution to create the post of the chairman to accommodate Abhay Chautala.

 “There is no bar for creating the post of the Chairman which was created by following due procedures of constitution amendments. No such mention about the post of Chairman has been made in the letter dated 1st May, 2010 (which limits the tenure of office bearers of the NSFs & placed in the Sports Code at Annexure – XIII),” it said.

“The above letter read with letter dated 20.09.1975, only restricts limits for three office bearers – President, Secretary General and Treasurer.  The definition of the office bearers also defines these three posts. No mention or restriction about the Chairman is indicated in the Sports Code or principles of good governance.”
The IABF was also suspended by world body AIBA for possible manipulation in its elections.

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