Rlys, SSCB in dark about polls

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - — PTI

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.

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