New Delhi: With the future of the country’s boxers hanging in balance, Olympic medallist Vijender Kumar has expressed his willingness to step in and clean the mess.
The boxers are suffering with the Indian Boxing Federation (IABF) serving suspension slapped by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the sports ministry.
Though the Beijing Olympic medallist is not clear how he can chip in to sort out the matter, he is willing to do his bit to get the ban revoked.
“I would like to get the ban revoked to make it possible for the Indian boxers to represent the country in international events. If I get a chance, I would want to be involved with the Indian boxing federation and help to clean up the mess,” Vijender said at the sidelines if an event here on Tuesday.
The dilly-dallying of the IABF in dealing with the world body following the suspension seems to have made Vijender change his stance over the issue.
In an earlier interview with MAIL TODAY, Vijender had said that his job was to train and it was for the federation to come up with a solution, but his current statement shows his desperation to get the ban revoked as soon as possible and return to action.
The world body suspended the IABF in December, citing malpractices in election and the International Olympic Committee’s ban on the IOA. The AIBA, however, allowed the Indian boxers to participate in a few events but banned them in January, after Sports Authority of India selected and sent a junior girls team for an international event.
The ban, however, has not deterred Vijender from training at the national camp in Patiala, where he is preparing with an eye on the World Championships in October. But the uncertainty over the participation of boxers in international meets is playing on his mind. “I have been training and it is frustrating when you think about the goal and the uncertainty."
"I hope things get sorted out soon."
"I will probably go to Cuba for training in June or July,” he said.
The 27-year-old said that the ministry, the IOA and the federations should involve sportspersons in decision making for the smooth running of sports in the country.
“IOA, federations and the sports ministry should involve sportspersons in the decision making,” he said.
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