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Indian Boxing Federation will bid for Asian Preolympic Qualifying Boxing tournament

Buoyed by the resounding success in the conduct of the XXX Energy Drink 5th Commonwealth Boxing Championships at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi from March 10 -18, 2010 and the outstanding performances of the Indian Boxers in winning six Gold Medals as well as accolades that are pouring in from all the participating countries and their officials, the Indian Boxing Federation has decide to submit its bid to the Asian Boxing Confederation for the Asian Pre Olympic Qualifying Tournament to be held in 2011.

Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) also plans to study the feasibility of organising one major International Boxing Tournament every year starting from 2011 which will have AIBA 3 Star /2 Star Rating, so that top Boxing Nations of the World can be invited to participate. Considering the tremendous support that IBF has received from the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and the Sports Authority of India in not only organising the Commonwealth Boxing Championships successfully from March 10 – 18, 2010, but also by being the Boxing Federation’s biggest sponsor in terms of organising National Coaching Camps virtually throughout the year for Men & Women in Senior, Junior and Sub Junior category as well as providing sufficient foreign exposures as well as Boxing Training Equipment which includes Boxing Gloves, Headguards, Boxing Rings etc to our teams as per the approved Long Term Development Plan and additional foreign exposures by the Jt Secretary (ISD) in preparation for Commonwealth Games 2010 and Asian Games 2010, there is no reason as to why Indian Boxing should not continue scaling hieghts which were earlier termed as impossible. Incidentally, what many people do not know is that literally all the boxers of the Indian Contingent in the Commonwealth Boxing Championships starting from the Stars Vijender Singh and Akhil Kumar to the freshers in the team were Sports Authority of India (SAI) Trainees under various schemes be it SAI Hostel Bhiwani or SAI Imphal or other SAI Centres in India.

Indian Boxing Federation is fortunate to have teamed up with ‘Percept’ as its Marketing Partner, who had left no stone unturned to ensure that the Commonwealth Boxing Championships held at Talkatora Stadium last week were a grand success. The dynamic leadership of Mr Shailender Singh, the Managing Director of ‘Percept’ was evident in all activities undertaken by his team during the Championships. IBF is positive that with the support of ‘Percept’, India will be able to prepare a winning bid to the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) so that the Pre Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2011 is allotted to India.

A special word of thanks to NDMC and specially its Chairman Mr Parimal Rai for the fantastic Talkatora Stadium which is really world class and was appreciated by all the participant Boxers, Coaches, Managers, Referees / Judges, Jury Members and the Technical Delegate Mr Pat McCrory from Ireland. The NDMC Staff be it Mr Anand Tiwari, Mr Gulati or Mr RK Sharma and their dedicated team of workers toiled in earnest night and day, to provide excellent facilities for the Commonwealth Boxing Championships.

The security personnel which included Delhi Police as well as other agencies who supported them by providing security cover round the clock, did their jobs meticulously, ably led by Mr JK Sharma, IPS, Jt Commissioner of Police (Commonwealth Games Planning) and Mr Amit Roy, Addl Dy Commissioner of Police, North East District, Delhi who was the local Force Commander at Talkatora Stadium.

As the 5th Commonwealth Boxing Championships was also adopted as a Test Event by the Organising Committee, Commonwealth Games 2010, whole hearted support was extended by Mr Suresh Kalmadi, MP, Chairman CWG D2010 as well as Mr ASV Prasad, Jt DG (Sports) and his team from various Functional Areas to make the event a great success. Many other agencies such as Doctors from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Dope Control Organisation of CWG OC, Delhi Transport Corporation etc came forward voluntarily and worked sincerely day-in and day-out for the success of the Championships.

IBF and Percept take this opportunity of thanking the Title Sponsors XXX Energy Drink and other Associate Sponsors such as DLF, ONGC, Siyarams, Reebok etc who sponsored this Championship. Their help was instrumental in meeting various expenses involved in the conduct of the Championships.

The Press & Media (Electronic and Print) played a major role in giving due importance to the XXX Energy Drink 5th Commonwealth Boxing Championships in their respective TV Channels, Newspapers, Magazines etc despite the fact that events such as IPL Cricket, World Cup Hockey etc were were being organised simultaneously. The tremendous media support ensured that the boxers converted their chances into six Gold Medals at the Championships and thus annexed the Team Championship Trophy by pushing Team England to the Second spot.

Special mention needs to be made about the manner in which Doordarshan covered the whole Event Live from 12 March – 17 March 2010. Our sincere thanks to Director General, Doordarshan, Mrs Aruna Sharma, IAS and Mr Anand Syal, Dy Director (Sports), Doordarshan for the excellent coverage of the complete Commonwealth Boxing Championships right from day one till the end of the ceremonies on the final day. The boxing fans of India have sent their appreciation through emails and phone calls about the good job done by DD Sports!

Last but not the least, the contribution made by the Members of the Indian Boxing Federation starting from the Office bearers of IBF to State Presidents / Secretaries / Coaches / Boxers was stupendous. Each and every one of them worked hard day-in and day-out for the success of the Commonwealth Championships. Dr Nirmolak Singh, Chairman Medical Commission and his Team of Doctors including Dope Control Cell, functioned efficiently during the Championship. Competition Manager Mr Lenny D’Gama supported by Venue Manager (Sports) Mr SR Singh pulled of a flawless and technically sound Commonwealth Boxing Championship with the support of National Technical Officials who had come in from all over the Country as well as the Volunteers who were selected for this event as well the CWG 2010. These Volunteers who were at the stadium as well as Liaison Officers (LOs) to the Teams / Jury Members became an integral part of the Championships that many of the participating countries have written to me stating that they would prefer to have the same LOs for the main Commonwealth Games in 2010. The contribution of Mr Rakesh Thakran as Secretary (Admin.) IBF, Lt Col AS Dagar (Retd), Executive Director, IBF, Mr Narottam Singh Rawat, Director, International Relations IBF, Mr Rajkumar and the office staff of IBF .

Chief National Coach Mr GS Sandhu and his team of coaches and support staff have conveyed their sentiments that if the Indian Public and spectators continue to support Indian Boxers and Indian Boxing , the day is not far when a large number of Indian Pugilists will mount the Olympic Podium and win accolades for the Country!!!

Best wishes,

Col P K Muralidharan Raja
Secretary General
Indian Boxing Federation
24 March 2010

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