: Three Indian boxers, who had alleged manipulation in the World Championships trials, have submitted their response to the show-cause notices issued to them by the national federation and a decision on their fate will be taken by September 20.
Speaking to PTI, Indian Boxing Federation President Abhishek Matoria said the trio of Arjuna awardees Dinesh Kumar (91kg), national champion Dilbag Singh (69kg) and Praveen Kumar (+91kg) have given their response to the notices. They were given until September 15 to present their case.
“We have received their responses and now the Indian Boxing Federation’s disciplinary committee will meet and a decision on them will be taken by September 20 latest,” Mr. Matoria said.
The disciplinary panel, comprising IBF vice-presidents I.D. Nanavati and Mukharjee Nirwan and chairman of the Ring Officials Commission Narottam Singh Rawat, had its meeting on September 4 when it issued show-icause notice.
Sources said two of the boxers — Dinesh and Praveen — have submitted apologies for alleging bias and manipulation in the trials for the event to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from October 11 to 27.
Mr. Matoria, however, refused to comment on this.
“I would not say anything on whether there have been any apologies because the committee has to take a call on all this,” he said.
The boxers, who have alleged that the coaches and the selection committee during the August 26 to 28 trials were compromised, have not yet been called by the disciplinary committee.
Asian Games silver medallist Manpreet Singh (91kg), Asian Championships silver medallist Mandeep Jangra (69kg) and reigning national champion Satish Kumar (+91kg) were the ones who were picked ahead of the trio.
The complaining boxers were beaten in exciting open trials in Patiala in front of a packed hall of fellow boxers and a selection panel, which included veterans like Mehtab Singh and Padam Bahadur Mal besides IBF secretary Rajesh Bhandari.
“The allegations are pretty serious and I just hope that they have come up with satisfactory responses because otherwise, disciplinary action would be taken,” said Matoria.
Dilbag, who has been caught in dope net twice in his career, had gone to the extent of saying that Arjuna awardee Akhil Kumar, who has mentored Mandeep, was behind his name being struck off from the selected list. Akhil has already stated that he would take Dilbag to court for defamation. — PTI