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5 Indian sports issues that new Sports Minister Jitendra Singh urgently needs to address

A look at some of the issues that the new Union Sports Minister needs to keep an eye on.

Top 5 / Top 10 26 May 2016, 14:43 IST

The victor in Assam elections last week means that Sarbananda Sonawal will now have a new role as the Chief Minister of the North-Eastern State and will have to leave his post as the Union Sports Minister.

In his position, the Government appointed Jitendra Singh and he will certainly have a lot of things to keep an eye on.

Here are 5 key issues that he will need to address:

1.Revamp of the boxing federation

It has been a sad week for Indian boxing in the ring, with the last Rio 2016 qualifying event turning out to be a big disappointment because of the failure of MC Mary Kom to book a spot in her second Olympic Games.

Her defeat in the second round in the last qualifying event in Asthana was the last nail in the coffin for Indian boxing, that has seen some very difficult times in the last 12-18 months. 

The Indian Boxing Federation or Boxing India was suspended last year and has remained in such a state ever since. Over the course of time, their lack of functioning has had an impact on the pugilists on the ring.

It is an issue about which Vijender Singh spoke albeit indirectly at the onset of turning pro last October and the revamping of the federation should certainly be one of the top agenda for the new sports minister.

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