The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), and to me, this is the best thing that could have happened to Indian sport. It is, like Abhinav Bindra has said, a 'blessing in disguise', an opportunity to clean things up, run sport the way it should be run.
Boxing is at once a great sport as well as a flawed sport. Great, because, like celebrated cricket writer Peter Roebuck once mentioned, 'All sport is boxing in another form' - boxing is where it all starts: primal, basic, no props, land punches and avoid punches. Rough, even cringe-inducingly violent to some, 'noble' to others. A game of the feet and eyes as much as it is of the fists.
Leave out hockey, medals of which dried up after 1980, and the pre-Independence heroes like Norman Pritchard, and any average sports fan will rattle off the names of KD Jadhav, Leander Paes, Karnam Malleswari, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Abhinav Bindra, Sushil Kumar and Vijender Singh as the only Indians to win medals at the Olympics. A grand total of one gold, one silver and five bronze medals. The haul of three in Beijing made the 2008 edition of the Games India's best ever.
India doesn't really have a sporting culture - this is well-known. As a result, success is usually achieved when individuals of exceptional talent punch above their weight. And when that happens, their sport gains in popularity. When it comes to Indian boxing, though, as I explore in my new book - Bhiwani Junction: The Untold Story of Boxing in India - it's a case of a sport benefiting from the culture of a town, and a state.