March 20 - A group led by the former secretary general of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) has reportedly submitted a document to the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) proposing to set up a new governing body in India.
The group, led by P K Muralidharan Rajawhich claims to have the backing of 23 of the 35 states and unions in India.
The document submitted to AIBA outlines its plans for Indian boxing over the next five years and promises to hold free and fair elections to establish a new Federation.
Earlier this month AIBA severed all ties with the IABF.
Raja said the document submitted to AIBA highlights the "workforce and minds behind 'Boxing India', their credentials, their vision and most importantly their plans to revive the sagging morale of the Indian boxers and get back quickly to the pending tasks in hand."
As part of its proposal, the group claims it will amend the IABF constitution to be in line with AIBA's requirements within the first six months of its existence, drum up new sponsorship and financial support, upgrade facilities and training for judges and referees, hold national and regional championships within one year, and promises to have at least one major international event in India for both men and women.
It also wants to revive the World Series of Boxing (WSB) franchise in India and establish an AIBA Professional Boxing programme vowing to have Indian boxers in contention for World Championship fights within 18 months.
The new group's credibility was boosted earlier this month when Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist Vijender Singh pledged his support and is set to join multi world champion and London 2012 bronze medal winner M C Mary Kom on a new Athletes' Commission.
AIBA has called for "honest people" to come forward and lead boxing in India after a turbulent 18 months following the world governing body's decision to suspend the IABF, after its then chairman, Abhay Singh Chautala was controversially elected President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
The IOA had already been suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for not holding their elections under the Olympic Charter.
Indian boxers and coaches were allowed to take part in competitions under the AIBA flag.
In a statement to insidethegames, AIBA did not confirm the receipt of a proposal from the Raja-led consortium but revealed it had received proposals from a number of groups.
"The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has received several proposals from different groups but do not wish to communicate on any of those proposals at this stage," read the statement.
"AIBA has set an extensive list of very strict criteria that will be used to evaluate all candidates.
"An Ad-hoc Committee is now being set up to evaluate all applications.
"The AIBA Executive Committee will make a final decision and rehabilitate a National Federation for boxing in India as soon as it deems that it has found the right group of people who will support the principles of AIBA in terms of ethics and fairness and who care primarily about the boxers and our beloved sport and not about their personal interests."
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