AIBA recognizes Indian Boxing Federation after four years

08 Apr 2017 | By Rishikesh Malkhede
The IOA - BFI feud

India returned to international boxing after its governing body Boxing Federation of India was unanimously granted full membership by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

After its formation in September, BFI had already got recognition from the Sports Ministry.

Indian boxing has been in disarray since the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation was terminated in December 2012 for 'possible manipulation in elections.'

In context: The IOA - BFI feud

AboutWhat is Indian Boxing Federation?

Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) is a governing body for Olympic boxing in India. It came into being as the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation in 1949.

The body was handed a provisional suspension by the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) in 2012 after it was found that its elections were rigged.

This led to Indian boxers representing India without the nation's flag.

IBF barred from voting in IOA elections

In 2014, International Olympic Council and International Boxing Association barred members of the Indian Boxing Federation from voting in the Indian Olympic Association elections. The IBF remained banned since 2012 over election malpractices.
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08 Apr 2017AIBA recognizes Indian Boxing Federation after four years

Boxing federation gets recognition from IOA too

After being affiliated by the AIBA and Sports Ministry of India, the Boxing Federation of India has also got affiliated by the Indian Olympic Association. IOA had initially recognized Indian Amateur Boxing Federation as nation's official body for boxing.