IOA grants affiliation to Boxing Federation of India

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The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has granted affiliation to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), ending a long-standing impasse between the two bodies.

“I welcome the grant of affiliation by the IOA and look forward to its ratification by IOA’s General body. All sports bodies need to work together for the cause of Indian sport and Indian sportspersons,” BFI chief Ajay Singh said.

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.

With this, the BFI now becomes the fully recognised body for Indian boxing, having already been granted affiliation by AIBA and the Sports Ministry.

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