And the hits just keep on coming…
The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation has been suspended by the AIBA – sport’s governing body – because of “possible manipulation” of the same Indian Olympic Association elections that led to the country being banned by the IOC earlier this week.
The IOA was banned Tuesday because of government interference with committee elections that were set to take place the following day – and they did, resulting in corrupt official Lalit Bhanot taking over as secretary-general.
Meanwhile, the boxing federation amended its constitution to allow its former president Abhay Singh Chautala to take over as chairman. Chautala was then elected president of the IOA on Wednesday.
“It’s a big, big shock for all of us,” Abhishek Matoria told Reuters. “They suspended us without giving us a chance to explain. They did write a letter to us alleging ‘malpractice’ in election but never specified.
“We sent them a detailed explanation, point by point and I have no idea why they still suspended us. I can assure you we would do everything to make sure our boxers don’t suffer.”