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Former IABF Vice-President explains India's termination from AIBA
The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) has been terminated from International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) Membership by the governing body. The termination would only be lifted once the IABF comes under the hands of clean and trustworthy people, after new elections are conducted.

The IABF was provisionally suspended by AIBA on December 6, 2012 for their way of handling the elections, in an unfair manner. AIBA feels that the office bearers are damaging the sport. Asit Banerjee, Former Vice President of IABF said, ''The elections held on 23rd September 2012 at Patiala was found to be unfair, hence the IABF was provisionally suspended then.'' This could be justified by the complaints lodged to the AIBA by some of the IABF members, after which the AIBA investigated the matter.

Their investigations revealed the defective nature of the elections. Asit Banerjee said that the AIBA asked the IABF to conduct new elections on a fair basis, but even after repetitive requests, the IABF did not hold elections. The IABF may have taken the AIBA too lightly, but the AIBA seems to have come really hard on India, by terminating them.

In spite of such a stance taken by the AIBA, Asit hopes for a better future as new elections needs to be conducted. Talking about the present situation he looks at the situation half full, half empty, knowing that the termination is a blot in Indian sport. He said, ''Now, it is going to be a new thing with new administration (after possible elections). The corrupt officials would be thrown out, which is a good sign for the sport.''

If India is to get back into the mainfold of AIBA, they need to come up with new officials after a new election is conducted. But, this time, the screening of the candidates would be done by the world body, which increases the chances for a better and clean organisation.

An Advisory board of IABF, which was formed in a special meeting held in 22nd February 2014 at Guwahati will write a letter to the AIBA and invite them as an observer as they will sit and discuss about the way administration should be run. Asit is the chairman of this advisory board.

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