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President of Boxing India promises 'acche din' for Indian boxing

New Delhi: Faced with the mammoth task of reviving the sagging fortunes of Indian boxing, newly-elected Boxing India President Sandeep Jajodia said the sport had been left "orphaned" in the last couple of years and

PTI PTI Updated on: September 12, 2014 13:12 IST
president of boxing india promises acche din for indian
president of boxing india promises acche din for indian boxing

New Delhi: Faced with the mammoth task of reviving the sagging fortunes of Indian boxing, newly-elected Boxing India President Sandeep Jajodia said the sport had been left "orphaned" in the last couple of years and he would bring it back on track with clean administration.

     

Jajodia was elected unopposed as President of Boxing India, which replaced the terminated Indian Amateur Boxing Federation yesterday, in elections conducted under the supervision of the international body AIBA.
     
AIBA will take another couple of days to grant Boxing India provisional recognition before India's formal re-induction into the international body happens in November, ending nearly two years of suspension.
     
Jajodia is the Chairman and MD of Monnet Ispat Group which has been the chief sponsor of Indian boxing for the last six years.
     
Speaking to PTI after his election, he denied allegations of conflict of interest, presented a blueprint for the future and promised a financial windfall for boxers, who have been denied international exposure due to the federation's termination resulting in dipping medal counts.
     
"I took up this challenge because boxing had gone down significantly ever since the federation got suspended in December 2012. Being the chief sponsor, I was watching everything and something had to be done to bring the sport out of this abyss. The athletes were suffering and that was the saddest bit. For the time being, I can tell them that hopefully they would get to compete under the Indian flag in the Asian Games," Jajodia said.
     
"For the future, I promise a transparent administrative structure which would ensure better governance of the sport. I would decentralise the power. In the earlier set-up, the power was concentrated at the top. This made state units and also the boxers feel left out and orphaned. I would get hem
involved in everything," he explained.
     
"I was approached by these very people to take up this job. Even the boxers came to me and asked me to take up the responsibility, such was the extent of disillusionment. I hope I live up to their expectations," he said.

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