(MAR 1) The Asian
Federation Olympic qualifiers for Rio open in Quian’an, China on
March 26th but even if boxers like Mary Kom, Sarita Devi
Laishram and male counterparts should qualify they are still in
danger of being excluded by the AIBA from Rio 2016.
So far not one Indian boxer has qualified but even if they do in
due course, Indian boxers are "running the risk" of being barred
from this year's Olympic Games if the country fails to put
together a new national federation by next month's Asian Olympic
Qualifiers, according to ‘The Times of India’ in a Press Release
According to their informed sources, the world body (AIBA) ‘will
not hesitate to stop Indians from participating in the August
extravaganza in Rio de Janeiro should they make the cut through
the Asian Qualifiers’ in China.
"There is a lot of pressure on India now to get a federation
going. They (AIBA) have given India time till the Asian
Qualifiers. In case, it doesn't happen then the country is
running the risk of not moving forward," the source said.
"Our boxers who qualify could be stopped from the Olympics," he
The Indian team’s last opportunity comes in that event in China
but there have been doubts that they can even contest that
"India's entry for that has been accepted but AIBA has set fresh
conditions. They want a National Federation as soon as possible
and if India don't get going, it would amount to challenging the
world body," the source said.
Indian boxing has been without a permanent National Federation
since May last year when Boxing India was suspended following a
revolt by the state units, which passed a No Confidence Motion
against the then Boxing President Sandeep Jajodia and Secretary
General Jay Kowli.
The sport is currently being administered by an Ad-Hoc
committee, which was formed by the AIBA itself.
To put an end to the bitter infighting among the state units,
the Sports Authority of India and the Ad-Hoc committee recently
formed a coordination committee.
The two committees held a meeting with the state units during
the recent South Asian Games in Shillong.
"During that meeting the draft of the new constitution was
circulated. But the IOA has to get its act together and help the
formation of a new federation," the source said.
Vijender Singh (below) (courtesy ZeeNews Sport/Facebook)
In an unrelated development,
Professional boxer and Bollywood heartthrob, Vijender Singh is
due to fight his 4th Pro bout in Liverpool on Saturday 12th
March against Matthew Horvath of Hungary.
He is certainly keen to compete in the Rio Olympics – as a Pro –
if the AIBA’s recent proposals come to fruition in time to allow
him an opportunity to qualify.
“If the decision is made official soon, I am definitely going to
give my all for the Rio Games. I will go through the process of
qualification as being in the Olympic Games is a huge thing,”
the boxer told Times of India from London.
Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender, who turned pro last
year, said it was a big step taken by world boxing's governing
“I feel it is a very big step taken by the AIBA. Losing the
chance to participate in the Olympics is the biggest hindrance
for any amateur boxer who wants to turn pro.
“I feel more boxers in India will now turn pro, since they will
have an option of participating in the Olympic Games and other
multi-sport events,” Vijender concluded.
Insofar as his bout against Horvath is concerned it will be his
first fight on Merseyside, home of his all-time favourites, the
"When I turned professional in England I hoped that I would one
day fight in Liverpool and fight at the birthplace of my heroes,
now that dream will come true," he said.
"I can't wait to get to Liverpool, I've never fought in the city
before as an amateur so now I will get my chance to get down to
the Cavern Club finally. Madison Square Garden may be the home
of boxing, but for me I have to get to the Cavern Club," he
"I admired boxing legends like Ali and Sugar Ray growing up, but
they were never really my heroes, The Beatles however were the
centre of my life growing up, I wanted to be a rock star. Well
I'm rocking opponents in the ring now."
“I’m really excited as this is my first fight of the year and
there are big plans ahead so I aim to make a very big statement
of intent in Liverpool against Horvath that will show that I’m
ready to fight for a title later this year.”