AIBA grants full membership to Boxing Federation of India
Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur (International Boxing Association) has granted full membership to the recently-formed Boxing Federation of India (BFI). This was announced on the sidelines of 70th anniversary celebrations of AIBA in Montreux, Switzerland. With this announcement, India’s isolation due to international suspension for the past four years comes to end. International suspension for a prolonged period has deprived Indian boxers of foreign exposure. This is considered as a major factor in the boxers’ medal-less Olympic campaign in Rio.
AIBA had suspended the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) in 2012 after reports of manipulation of the IABF elections.