AIBA suspends IABF, Sports Ministry de-recognises two bodies

New Delhi: Barely three days after the IOA was suspended by the International Olympic Committee, India today faced more embarassment with the Indian Boxing Federation being suspended by its parent body for "possible manipulation" in its recent elections, throwing the participation of Indian boxers in international events into jeopardy.

On a day of dramatic developments, the government also cracked the whip by de-recognising the Archery Association of India and suspending the recognition of the Indian Boxing Federation and giving it 15 days to confirm a re-election.

The sudden developments added to the chaos currently engulfing Indian sports even as top IOA officials met Sports Secretary P K Deb to try and find a solution to the suspension issue which has generated sharp reactions from sportspersons.

"Further to the International Olympic Committee's suspension imposed on the Indian Olympic Association, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Executive Committee Bureau has decided today December 6 to provisionally suspend the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF)," the AIBA said in a statement.

"This provisional suspension is also due to the fact that AIBA had learned about possible manipulation of the recent IABF's election.

"AIBA will now investigate this election and especially a potential political link between IOA President, as former Chairman of the IABF, and the IABF election," it added.

During the September elections of the IABF, outgoing President Abhay Singh Chautala, who was elected IOA President despite IOC's suspension, was retained in the body as nominated Chairman.

Interestingly, his brother-in-law and BJP MLA from Rajasthan, Abhishek Matoria, 29, was elected as the new IABF President.