New Delhi: In yet another blow to the Abhay Chautala-led Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), the international body is likely to speak to the sports ministry only to set things right in the national body.
According to sources, the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA), which had earlier suspended the newly-elected body of the IABF alleging possible manipulation in its elections, has now decided not to communicate with the office-bearers of the previous body, too.
"Earlier, the AIBA was at least replying to letters from the previous office-bearers but now they have decided to stop that too," a senior IABF official said. "In a letter dated December 21, AIBA has asked them not to write letters and made it clear they would only talk to the ministry."
Senior officials in the federation feel that both AIBA and sports ministry would now join hands after the Christmas break to prepare for fresh elections of the IABF.
Earlier, IABF was suspended by the international body for alleged stage-managed elections on September 23 at Patiala. IABF also spoke about holding an inquiry about several complaints it received from different quarters. Next day, the sports ministry, too, withdrew IABF's recognition and ordered re-elections within a fortnight.
Sports ministry sources revealed that since the IABF has been de-recognised, and the SAI might not allow the national body to have a final say in selection of boxers for the camps to be held at different SAI centres.
"There is every possibility the AIBA and sports ministry could join hands to form an ad hoc committee to run the game in the country. The process of fresh elections, even if its starts in January, cannot be completed in less than two months," the official said.