Boxing Federation of India : After four years elected Executive Council
Ajay Singh became President of BFI
New Delhi(N4C Sports Desk)-After a turbulent four years of administrative mismatch in Indian boxing, the Boxing Federation of India ( BFI ) elected its 1st Executive Council to office with Spicejet CMD Ajay Singh winning the Presidential poll by an overwhelming margin of 49 votes against the 15 that his rival Rohit Jain of Delhi. Observers from the International Boxing Association ( AIBA ) and the Sports Ministry were there to monitor the proceedings which were conducted by Returning Officer RO Justice D. K. Deshmukh- the retired Judge from Bombay High Court, Mumbai. While AIBA was represented by its Oceania Zonal VP. President Edgar ‘Ted’ Tanner, the Ministry had deputed Sports Authority of India Director Ms Sushmita Jyotsi as an observer. Kishen Narsi Chairman AIBA AdHoc Committee & Interim President of Boxing Federation of India commenced the proceedings with the RO and Observers present. The 51-year-old Singh, who represented Uttarakhand Vice Presidents Uttarakhand Boxing Association.
A New Delhi IITian who has also studied Management & Law, Singh recently revived closed down Spicejet making the story feature on top business publications around the globe. Absolutely well versed with Govt machinations, his arrival on the scene can be a great boost not only to Boxing but Indian Sporting world overall.
Maharashtra’s 48 year old former Boxer and an Olympic Referee Judge, Jay Kowli was elected the Secretary General, garnering 48 votes against the 12 by his nearest rival Mr Lenny D’Gama of Goa. The third candidate, Haryana’s Rakesh Thakran, fetched only 4 votes. Interestingly, Kowli had beaten the duo – BFI’s Presidential Candidate now. Rohit Jain & same Thakran as he was polled 33 votes against Jain’s 27 & Thakran’s 4 in BI Election in 2014 then . However rift developed between the promoters of BI & the fraternity as President Sandeep Jajodia and Mr Kowli werevoted out of their positions only last year by these same state units. At that time, Kowli was the Secretary General of Boxing India, which saw a vertical – horizontal rift within the state units – allegedly
fuelled by the outside forces then.
The BFI Election was attended by 64 voters from 33 states as 2 were absent on Sunday due to ill health / non reporting. Speaking to the Media after the Elections President BFI AjaySingh made following announcements :
Elite Women Nationals will be held at Uttarakhand in the 2nd half of November 2016. which will be followed by Elite Mens Nationals in December 2016. BFI will – thereafter – conduct all the remaining Nationals on monthly interval basis. during which several meetings / seminars will be planned to decide about BFI’s Roadmap ahead upto 2020 BFI will work very closely with SAI MYAS GOI to accomplish Boxing India Dream of having 6 more Academy Centres across the country apart from Patiala & Rohtak to spread opportunities to boxers from all corners of India Maximum participation of Indian Boxers at the International arena . with special thurst to develop quality Coaches & Technical Officials from India Improving relations with International Community by supporting of experts operating on AIBA with all the inputs required.