The Indian Olympic Association, IOA, has granted affiliation to the Boxing Federation of India, BFI. The affiliation ends a logjam that goes back to September last year when BFI took charge of the sport after elections conducted in the presence of International Boxing Association, AIBA, and Sports Ministry observers. With this, the BFI now becomes the fully recognised body for Indian boxing, having already been granted affiliation by AIBA and the Sports Ministry.
BFI chief Ajay Singh told PTI that he welcomes the grant of affiliation by the IOA.
The IOA had initially refused to grant recognition to BFI stating that it still considered the now-defunct Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) as the official national body for the sport. It had eventually referred the matter to its affiliation committee after persistent requests from the BFI.