Vastavam web: India are ready to host the Olympic qualifiers if the World Championships do not serve as a qualification event as per the International Olympic Committee’s recommendation, Boxing Federation of India president Ajay Singh said here Friday. “We have a lot of experience now of hosting international tournaments. If required we are happy to host any Olympic qualifying event that might be conducted by the AIBA or the IOC,” Singh said on the concluding day of the second India Open boxing tournament here.
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 move would mean that the upcoming World Championships in September-October in Russia may not serve as the Olympic qualification event.
“We will then have to talk IOC about the Olympic qualifier. Whatever be the qualifier, we are ready for it. We are ready to host as well.”
Asked whether it is a setback for the sport he said: “All these calls are still to be taken. There are a set of recommendations that has been given. It will be taken up in a general body meeting of the IOC in June. We will see what happens.” “We will ensure that our boxers get maximum opportunities. Our focus is entirely on the sport, the Olympics and the World Championships. “In two years, we have improved our ranking a lot. This year our aim is to be in the top 10. Obviously nothing is enough. We will keep trying to be the top-five boxing nations in the world,” he added.