Rlys, SSCB in dark about polls
New Delhi: Livid at being ignored for elections to form a new federation on Sunday, two of Indian boxing’s biggest stakeholders — Railways and Services Sports Control Board — have lodged a protest with the sports ministry.
Neither Railways Sports Promotion Board ( RSPB) nor the Services Sports Control Board ( SSCB) will be part of the election process to constitute the new Boxing Federation of India ( BFI), even though they have a vote each.
“We haven’t even been intimated about tomorrow’s ( Sunday) election, we are getting to know through media reports. That’s no way to treat stakeholders as big as us. We provide jobs, training facilities to boxers and our boxers have gone on to represent India in every big tournament. How can we be kept out of this process like this?” a top RSPB official said.
“We have written to the sports ministry to register our protest,” the official added.
The view was echoed by SSCB, which was among the founding members of the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation ( IABF), the governing body till 2012.
“Boxing is an integral part of SSCB. We even have a boys’ division to ensure that the sport is nurtured at the grassroot level. We ought to at least be told that a process is on. Is that too much?” said an SSCB official.