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Boxing units want ministry to intervene.

W ITH the International Boxing Associationappointed ad hoc committee struggling to find a suitable group to form a national body, a group of state administrators has asked for government intervention in finding a ' solution' in the best interest of the sport in the country.

They requested sports minister Sarbananada Sonowal to meet and guide them on how to come up with a legitimate boxing body. It is learnt that a prominent Member of Parliament from Himachal Pradesh is also involved in the deliberations and may help the group to get an appointment with Sonowal soon.

A veteran boxing official blamed the Kishen Narsi- led ad hoc committee for what they called a lackadaisical attitude in finding a new group to run the sport.

"The AIBA in its letter dated June 16, 2015, clearly directed Narsi to find a group to organise and administer the sport in India. But more than one- anda- half months has passed and he is still to take any initiative in this direction. The ad hoc committee Request Sonowal to take up boxing admin issue

committee is holding trials for various competitions but that is not its primary job. Its main job is to find a group and conduct elections," a member of the group said.

"We want to inform the sports minister about the current situation in boxing administration and ask him about the possible solution. We want to abide by what he says." When asked whether they have a possible solution in mind, the

state administrator said, "Our job is to inform the sports minister about different aspects of boxing administration in India, and then it will be up to him to decide." After a lot of political infighting, the International Boxing Association ( AIBA) in June formed a five- member ad hoc committee to look into boxing in India. The world body doesn't entertain government interference in the administration of the sport, but the state units can take heart from the fact that the AIBA included Sports Authority of India director general Injeti Srinivas, a government employee, in the ad hoc committee.

Efforts to contact the ad hoc committee members went in vain.

"We want to approach the ministry because in the absence of a proper national body, no National Championship is taking place. As a result, new talent isn't coming to the fore. With the ministry's help, we want to revive the competitions," said the state administrator.

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Date:Aug 4, 2015
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