IOA grants affiliation to Boxing Federation of India
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has granted affiliation to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI). With this, the BFI now becomes the fully recognised body for Indian boxing. It already has been granted affiliation by AIBA and the Union Sports Ministry. The affiliation also ends a logjam that goes back to September 2016 when BFI took charge of the sport after fair elections were conducted in the presence of AIBA and Sports Ministry observers. Prior to it, IOA had 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.