Vastavam web: Indian pugilists on Thursday gave a mixed reaction to the International Olympic Committee’s recommendation to bar AIBA, the world governing body of amateur boxing, from organising the event at the Tokyo Olympics next year. The IOC’s Executive Board recommended on Wednesday that AIBA be stripped of its right to organise the event at Tokyo 2020, but said the sport should still feature at the Games. The recommendation, which followed investigations into alleged serious mismanagement at the crisis-riddled AIBA — is almost certain to be rubber-stamped by the full IOC membership at its Congress in Lausanne next month.
World Championship bronze medallist Shiva Thapa reacted with “shock and surprise”, while reigning Asian Games champion Amit Panghal welcomed the move, saying it would give him more preparation time to assess the international boxers.
“We are all aiming to qualify for the Olympics from the World Championships, and were working really hard for it. Now we will have to wait and watch,” the 25-year-old said.
“However, we are prepared to face any scenario. The prime target is to qualify for Tokyo Olympics. It does not change plans. I”m looking forward to my upcoming tournaments now. World Championships will obviously be there, I hope the qualifiers also take place.”