2012 yearender: Indian boxing takes blows galore in disappointing 2012

Indian boxing

And the 29-year-old Manipuri mother-of-two made the most of the first available opportunity by emerging triumphant over younger, stronger and taller opponents to realise a long-cherished dream.

In fact, her feat can easily be called the best moment for Indian boxing in the year going by.

But the poor show of the men raised a pertinent question -- whether Indian boxing did enough to capitalise on the Beijing high? The answers are still not clear because no one is quite ready to admit yet that the preparations were not upto the mark for London.

Outside the ring too, the sport endured turbulent times as the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation went to polls, which were later declared null and void by AIBA alleging "possible manipulation".

The September elections were to lead to a change of guard but what transpired in the Annual General Meeting in Patiala was a farce.

Outgoing President Abhay Singh Chautala was made a nominated Chairman following constitutional amendments and his brother-in-law and Rajasthan BJP MLA Abhishek Matoria, 29, took over as the new President after the house authorised Chautala to pick the new head.

Interestingly, Matoria had no known links to Indian boxing and some of the IABF officials were left stunned when he took over the position with Rajesh Bhandari as Secretary General.

The election process was questioned by the Sports Ministry before AIBA stepped in to provisionally suspend the federation. The world body asked for fresh elections and told the IABF to amend its constitution to make it compliant with the AIBA Statute. The country's Sports Ministry was not to be left behind and suspended recognition to the IABF, asking it to hold re-elections.

The wrangling is on as to when these re-elections would be called as the current office-bearers are persona-non-grata for AIBA while the old guard is still mulling the next move.

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